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It’s that time of the year where we are out enjoying the great outdoors, and the great outdoors is enjoying us!  Mosquitoes love to take a bite and leave behind an itchy reminder.  Itch relief is as close as your kitchen or bathroom! Salt seems to be the quickest remedy. Simply moisten the bite area […]

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If you’re suffering from having WAY too much fun – at the beach or out in the great outdoors – take heart with these quick recipes (many with ingredients that are as close as your kitchen or bathroom cabinet) for easing the pain of sunburn or windburn: 1. Apply undiluted apple cider vinegar to sunburn. […]

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Noun: Cobalt  (KOH-bawlt) Definition: 1. A tough lustrous silver-white magnetic metallic element that is related to and occurs with iron and nickel and is used especially in alloys 2. Strong greenish-blue Sample sentence:  Cobalt was used for centuries to impart a blue color to glazes and ceramics before it was isolated by Swedish chemist Georg […]

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The body cools itself most efficiently by sweating and then the sweat evaporating. Should sweating be unable to meet the cooling demands of the body, heat-related illness can occur. This is a spectrum of conditions with minor symptoms such as prickly heat or heat rash, progressing to heat cramps, then heat exhaustion, and finally to heat […]

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Adjective:  Supposititious  (suh-pah-suh-TISH-us) Definition:  Imaginary, hypothetical Sample sentence:  I like to talk to my supposititious friend because he agrees with all I have to say.

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Women who follow a low-fat diet may not be getting as many essential nutrients as they should, according to the findings of a 27,000-person U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study. More than half the women who reduced their fat intake to less than 30 percent of total calories were short-changing themselves on vitamins A and […]

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Verb:  Extenuate  (ik-STEN-yuh-wayt) Definition: 1.  To lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of by making partial excuses 2.  To lessen the strength or effect of Sample sentence:  Don’t even try to extenuate their vandalism of the cemetery with the old refrain of “Boys will be boys.”

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If a round of golf leaves you grimacing and gripping your back muscles, your stance is probably to blame. A report presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons indicates that more than half of golfers experience low-back pain when they make contact with the ball or in their follow-through. That […]

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The Negaunee Miners have announced their schedule for the 2011 Mid Peninsula Conference football season.  Highlights include home games against traditional powers Iron Mountain and Norway, as well as key away games against Gladstone and defending conference Champions Ishpeming. Practice begins at 10:00 AM on August 8th, with a scrimmage set for 1:00 and 3:00 PM […]

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What may seem like a harmless way to store potatoes may actually be a breeding ground for deadly bacteria. Researchers investigating an outbreak of botulism in the United States in 1994 traced the source to a bacteria-produced toxin that formed when baked potatoes were stored in aluminum foil at room temperature. Botulism can cause severe […]

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