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Picking out good produce

Whether you are harvesting crops from your garden or shopping for produce at the market, it’s important to know what qualities to look for in your selection in order to bring home the freshest and tastiest fruits and veggies for your family’s table.

According to Paul Miller, owner of Miller’s Farm Market, 5 Martinsburg Road, most produce, such as bananas, apples, zucchini and berries, will tell you when they’re ripe or when they’re bad and can be assessed simply based on appearance, smell and texture.

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Sarah Poole/News Mabel Freas, center, celebrated her 103rd birthday in May. Recently, she was enjoying the warm weather with her granddaughter-in-law Anita Hooper, left, and grandson Bob Hooper at their home in Apple Valley.

‘Candy Lady’ Freas soaking up life

Resting on her large outdoor porch, surrounded by floral hanging-baskets and sunshine, Mabel Freas of Howard loves to spend her time watching wildlife, waving to neighbors and soaking up the sun at her home.

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AV Singers focus on ‘Childhood Memories’

The Apple Valley Singers are prepared to help guests to their show bring out their inner child. Residents of the Ohio Eastern Star Home and Brookdale Nursing Home recently garnered a sneak peak at the show.

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Meeker showcases three original plays

After graduating from Otterbein University this spring with a degree in acting, Mount Vernon High School graduate Steven Meeker Jr. took the plunge and moved to New York for the summer to showcase his three original plays in three separate midtown New York theater festivals.

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Sarah Poole/News Wild Echinacea blooms, also known as purple coneflowers, add to the color and fragrance at Marshall Meadow, part of Wolf Run Regional Park on Yauger Road, Mount Vernon.

A colorful meadow

Wild Echinacea blooms, also known as purple coneflowers, add to the color and fragrance at Marshall Meadow

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Sarah Poole/News >A fruit cobbler is a quick, easy, delicious, all-American dessert that your whole family would enjoy devouring at your Fourth of July picnic.

Cobbler a patriotic feast

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, which means picnics, parades, family fun in the sun and a plethora of pies are coming your way!

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Amato’s fired up about pizza

On the fifth day of this month, a new pizza parlor opened up in town; but, this pizza parlor is unlike any other in Knox County: Amato’s Woodfired Pizza, 668 N. Sandusky Street.

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Sarah Poole/News Featured speaker of the 11th Annual Cancer Survivor Recognition event, Cabot Rea, serenades audience members with Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.”

Rea: Beat cancer, make a difference

It was a fancy night out Thursday evening at Ohio Eastern Star, as Knox Community Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care hosted the 11th Annual Cancer Survivor Recognition event in the Gallagher Center.

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Veggies, herbs in full bloom at farm market

Saturday’s Farmers’ Market welcomed vendors with sunny skies and warm temperatures offering goods such as honey, maple syrup, flowers, organic meat products, local cheeses, peanut brittle and countless vegetables.

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