GateHouse News Service national budget 2.22.12
GateHouse News Service national budget 2.22.12
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WAKE-UP CALL: Ash Wednesday
EDITING WORDS: AP style on leap year, leap day
REAL ESTATE: 4 enterprise ideas from this week's Real Estate section webinars
WEEKLY NASCAR PAGE: Daytona preview
REAL ESTATE OUTLOOK: The new face of renters, tips for first-time home buyers, 2012 market outlook
KIDZBUZZ: Lights, camera, action!
MONTHLY ELECTION 2012 PAGE: 'Obamacare' vs. 'Romneycare'
MARCH FAMILY: Tips on boosting your kids' creativity, walking as a family for health, and a St. Patrick's Day recipe
ST. PATRICK'S DAY QUARTER PAGE: Seasonal savings layout with business-card ad spots
TAX PREP PAGES: 9 common tax mistakes; deductions to take advantage of
PETER CHIANCA: Something’s wrong with my radio - I should mention that I had planned to be one of those parents who were hip to their kids’ music, until I heard it and my eardrums shriveled up like snails in beer. By Peter Chianca, North of Boston.
LOST IN SUBURBIA: The mother of all shopping expeditions - “I need new jeans. Mine are all too small,” my teenage daughter told me joyfully. She grinned like the Cheshire Cat as she showed me how she was barely able to get the jeans over her hips. I sighed. I vaguely remember a time when I, too, had been overjoyed when my jeans were too small. Now when my jeans are too small, I cry for a week and blame it on childbirth. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.
TASTE OF TRAVEL: Dining across New England - Whether you live in New England or you’re just visiting, driving from state to state is possible and recommended — if not for the scenery, which is splendid during each of the four seasons, but for the culinary experiences along the way. By Charlene Peters, Marblehead, Mass.
CLOCKS: All about modern grandfather clocks and cuckoo clocks - Keeping time and the instruments that keep our time have long held fascination for scientists and design enthusiasts. Since the early 17th century when Galileo Galilei discovered that pendulums could be used to record time, scientists began working on the most accurate method of keeping time. Later on, it was discovered that longer pendulums were more accurate and the tall clock, otherwise known as the grandfather clock, was born. Given the cost, these clocks were only found in the most wealthy homes and over time became the ornately designed pieces we think of today. By Linda Merrill, Networx.
INTERIORS: Varied dining-room lighting creates drama - Are you searching for the right chandelier for the dining room? Perhaps you are purchasing or building a new home, or maybe you just need to renovate your special eating space. By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, Scripps Howard.
HOME STYLE: Using family heirlooms as accents - Have you ever considered using your family heirlooms as decorative accents? I hope these ideas will inspire you to honor your heritage and add to your home's aesthetic beauty. By Mary Carol Garrity, Scripps Howard.
YARDSMART: Cultivate good scents with lavender - It may be the oldest herb in cultivation, its use chronicled in ancient Egyptian texts. Later it became a staple of ancient Greeks, and then the Romans, who made it their choice for adding to communal bath rituals. It was named from the Latin for "to wash." By Maureen Gilmer, Scripps Howard.
101 IDEAS: Hot bathroom looks -- From rustic flooring to repurposed antique vanities, experts share which bathroom looks are white-hot right now. Scripps Howard News Service
GARDENER: Ornamental grasses add options, interest -- Mention ornamental grasses, and most folks think of the towering fountains of foliage used for privacy screens or bold, upright focal points nestled among more traditional perennials and shrubs. Scripps Howard News Service
ASK THE PLUMBER: Buy whole-house or point-of-use water filter? -- Dear Ed: I have been doing some research and found information on whole-house filters and point-of-use filters. I'm still a little confused. What's the difference in these filters? -- Sally, Ohio Scripps Howard News Service
BUTTONED UP: Protect your heart -- February is American Heart Month, as good a time as any to start taking these steps to promote heart health. Make a pact with yourself (and family members) to cross these things off your list as soon as possible. Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore/ Scripps Howard News Service
BEST DISH: Decadent French Toast -- I had a small brunch for some friends just before Christmas, and this was one of the dishes that was served. What is great about the recipe is that it can be included with other dishes or just served with fresh fruit, juice and coffee. Kathryn Rem/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)
THE BEER NUT: It's perfectly clear -- I recently got over my prejudice of clear bottles, and I’m thankful I did. If I hadn’t, I would not have had the good fortune of trying Innis & Gunn’s beer. Norman Miller/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
GARY BROWN: What goes around comes around -- In a normal skiing experience, a man of my limited skill level shouldn’t be this high off the snow. And, the bottom of his skis probably shouldn’t be facing the sky. Likely he shouldn’t be tumbling, poles sort of flailing, ski helmet more or less even with his ski boots. Canton (Ohio) Repository
FAMILY MATTERS: Is your child a picky eater? Stop the mealtime battle -- Is your child also a picky eater? Read on for suggestions to help your child develop an interest in food, as well as strategies to engage him or her at the table. By Diana Boggia, Canton (Ohio) Repository
More in lifestyles at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions are five ways to celebrate Oscar weekend. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: We recommend localizing this as much as possible. Refer to your Oscar Upickem contest; list local theaters, video stores, snack stores, etc.; or post a poll (or multiple polls) about who will win the major awards.
* Wake-Up Call: How to localize the Academy Awards: http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blogs/idea-lab/x1353883366/Tuesdays-Wake-Up-Call-The-Academy-Awards
SUDOKU MARCH: Sudoku puzzles 1345-1372 (March) are now available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.
More in entertainment at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment
GRANLUND CARTOON: Greek debt and EU -- Dave Granlund on the European Union approving a bailout for Greece. GHNS
MICHELLE TEHEUX: Contraception a big part of family values - I have to admit, I did not see the contraception controversy coming. I thought the need for family planning was darn near as accepted as the need for central heat rather than wood-fired stoves. By Michelle Teheux, Pekin, Ill.
JERRY MOORE: Not all proponents of religious liberty are sincere -- Citing their commitment to religious liberty, some religious groups recently opposed a measure to mandate birth control coverage in most insurance plans. However, many of these people have cheered when minority religious groups like Muslims have their rights violated. Suburban Life Publications (Ill.)
More in opinions at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
DAVE RAMSEY: Get your financial priorities straight - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on remodeling before trying to sell your home and dipping into your 401(k). By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.
BIZ BITS: Choose the right homeowner's insurance for your lifestyle - Weekly business rail, with tips on homeowner’s insurance, BBB advice on funeral planning and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.
JIM CRAMER: Gas prices are a huge worry - Five-dollar gas. I don't know how it can be stopped as long as Iran is meddling and developing nukes, other than through demand destruction. By Jim Cramer, The Street.
More business content at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business