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Leon Smith | What the ring fingers said

Psychiatrist and author John Diamond has demonstrated that muscles of the human body can provide insights into clients’ subconscious minds. For example, if a client stands with her left arm outstretched, she can resist the psychiatrist’s downward pressure on her wrist for perhaps 40 seconds, if she is thinking neutral thoughts. But when her thoughts change to frightening ones, the shoulder and associated muscles will give in at perhaps only 10 seconds. The frightening thoughts had a weakening effect on her muscles.

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                                Richmond Fresh boxes delivered to the Ellerbe Grove Community.
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Richmond Fresh makes an impact on community

In May, NC Cooperative Extension, Richmond County Center, received a grant from Resourceful Communities to finance and support the Richmond Fresh program. This 12-week program provided boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis to four low-income communities experiencing food insecurity in the county.

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                                If left unchecked, fall armyworms can cause severe damage to crops.
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Preparing for fall armyworm management in hay and pastures

As August quickly approaches, hay producers should have fall armyworm on their radar. The fall armyworm is a common pest in grass hay and pastures and can decimate a crop overnight. To correctly identify the pest, look for caterpillars with dark heads that are usually marked with a distinct, pale, inverted “Y” on top. Typically, you will find a black stripe down each side of their body and a yellowish-gray stripe down their back. Fall armyworms come in a variety of colors including green, brown or black, which can make identification difficult.

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Another great twist on mac and cheese

One thing I’ve been seeing a lot of on social media lately is “Seafood Mac and Cheese,” and like any seafood and mac and cheese lover, I’ve been dying to try some. So after looking through some recipes, figuring out what I thought would be the best combos and hoping for the best — I created my own seafood mac and cheese.

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55th Cinderella Ball ‘shines bright’ despite changes made due to COVID-19

ROCKINGHAM – Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Inc. sponsored its 55th Cinderella Ball with a parade of family and friends to present the four enchanting and beautiful young ladies that participated. For the past 54 years, the Cinderella Ball was an evening of beautifully dressed young girls escorted by handsome escorts that waltz and parade throughout the auditorium to celebrate the crowning of a new queen. Girls from the ages of 7 to 12 are given the opportunity to raise money and compete for the title of ‘Miss Cinderella’. Funds raised are used to establish 529 College Saving Plans for each girl, scholarships for High School Seniors, and a host of other contributions are given to local and national non-profit organizations.

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Bo Wagner | Considering the choices for school this fall

The two black walnut trees by my barn near the river never fail to catch my attention each time I pass by. True, we have five acres or so of trees of all types around our home, but out of all of them these two are easily the most noticeable. It has nothing to do with their size; they are nowhere near the biggest trees on the property. In fact, the oak tree just forty feet away towers over them like a redwood over dogwoods.

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                                A bee pollinates a lavender plant at the Bluebird Hill Farm.
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How to plant lovely lavender

As a certified crazy plant person, I enjoy reading about plants, taking pictures of plants, and sharing pictures of plants with like-minded friends and random individuals alike. One thing I’ve noticed: people seem to universally love lavender. For years my parents had a small lavender farm in the Piedmont of NC, and it conferred an assumption of expertise on my part on the growing of lavender, even though I had little to do with my parents’ operation. However, I have tried to live up to that misrepresentation, and I’ve learned a little about growing this wonderful, if somewhat finicky, plant.

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Bubba goes to the beach

Several years ago my friend Bubba and I decided we would take our wives on a weekend trip to the beach. Now if you have been keeping up with my column you know that going anywhere with Bubba is an adventure. Bubba was working second shift at a local mill and we decided to pull out for the beach when he got off from work on a Friday night. Bubba wanted us to drive his car, so it was twelve a.m. before we got loaded up and headed for the beach.

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Now is a good time for youth to learn value of service

NC Cooperative Extension 4-H stresses the “Learn by Doing” approach, which teaches youth how to gain new skills through interactive, hands on learning opportunities. This may seem a little difficult in the middle of a pandemic. However, there are still ways youth can engage in positive citizenship and community service while staying safe from COVID-19.

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