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WAKE UP CALL!: Do readers think they're good drivers? Probably

INNER CIRCLE: Takeaways from the first week of regional meetings

BEST OF THE DAY: Norwich's creative motorcycle callout on Facebook



FALL HOME & GARDEN: Learn about eco-roofs, ideas for bold and cozy kitchens, new shower doors a simple bathroom upgrade

KIDZBUZZ: Making friends at school


CAREERS SERIES: Four pages on starting a business, finding a new career and succeeding at the job you have

FALL OUTDOOR LIVING: Tips on deer hunting season, how to prevent kids from getting lost outdoors, advice on getting a more accurate rifle

LABOR DAY PAGE: Industries that are hiring now


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FAMILY TIME: Personalization the key to giving unique baby gifts - Weekly family rail, with tips on giving baby gifts, a review of "Glee" and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: Any of the first three items can be localized – ask a local family counselor to provide a tip of the week, ask movie-going parents to give reviews of movies or ask youngsters to send in book reviews.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Fruit juice -- Weekly Food for Thought with nutrition information on fruit juice, “Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm” by Whitney Miller and more. By GHNS

FOOD ALLERGIES: Educating yourself about your child’s food allergies - For some, it's an itchy mouth, nausea, diarrhea or a runny nose. For others, it's shortness of breath, a drop in blood pressure or even a loss of consciousness. For me, it's the swelling of my tongue and throat when I eat tree nuts. So what exactly is a food allergy? By Emily Bailey, Springfield, Ill.

PICKING BLACKBERRIES: Jennifer Mastroianni: Harvest blackberries from the stem -- Blackberries are one of my favorite fruits, and I love picking them in the wild. But what I don’t love is getting scratched by brambles, bit by mosquitoes and feeling petrified of snakes. Canton (Ohio) Repository

BAR CHEESE RECIPE: Jim Hillibish: Belly up to the bar cheese -- It started years ago in the era when bars served free food in exchange for your drink money. They needed something easily (and cheaply) made that spreads on crackers. Along came bar cheese, a hit that crossed over to restaurants. Canton (Ohio) Repository

HEALTH/ SITTING: Dr. Gustavo Mosquera: Women, men who sit are more likely to die  -- An American Cancer Society study finds women who sit for more than six hours a day were about 40 percent more likely to die during the course of the 14-year study than those who sat fewer than three hours per day. Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)

DR. JEFF HERSH: What are growing pains? - Q: My 8-year-old son has been having episodes of leg pain for the past few months that sometimes wake him up at night. I finally brought him to the pediatrician to have him checked out, and she said these were just growing pains and not to worry. She taught him some stretching exercises to do. Are growing pains a real medical condition? By Dr. Jeff Hersh, MetroWest, Mass.

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Treatment options for tongue-tie - Medical science has made some tremendous advancements. We can transplant a heart and replace an entire face. But, controversy still exists concerning the best way to treat or manage a baby or child who has tongue-tie. Ankyloglossia is the medical term for tongue-tie. By Dr. Murray Feingold, MetroWest, Mass.

WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: Fall into fitness - For some of us, summer is a time to get outside and get in shape, which is highly commendable. Unfortunately, the end of summer may elicit a change in behavior with a return to more sedentary living. By Wayne L. Westcott, The Patriot Ledger.

THE GARDENER WITHIN: Working the farmers market in your favor  -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates there are more than 4,500 farmers markets across the country, with more added every year. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your farmers market experience. Joe Lamp'l/ Scripps Howard News Service

ASK THE PLUMBER: Vacation home may not need full winterizing  -- Q: I have a vacation home in Cape Cod, Mass., where I spend my summers. Last year, I had a problem with pipes freezing while I was away, and the home was damaged. It's all fixed now, but this year I'm thinking about having all my water pipes completely drained when I shut down for the winter. Is this a good option as opposed to leaving the heat on all winter? Ed Del Grande/ Scripps Howard News Service

YARDSMART: The origins of the picket fence -- As our nation grew, the Victorian era brought its own influence to the picket fence, which became a status symbol. The advent of elaborate cast-iron fences drove picket designers to create ever more creatively detailed points to put out in front of the house. Maureen Gilmer/ Scripps Howard News Service

YARDSMART: New design website a valuable resource for anyone - When it comes to landscape design, photos of built projects are the best way to find great ideas that really work. All over America, landscape architects and designers are creating outstanding residential projects that are rarely seen. By Maureen Gilmer, Scripps Howard.

101 IDEAS: Update your dining room Close your eyes and picture a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving: Grandpa carving the turkey at one end of the long wooden table, Grandma at the other end, seated on one of 10 matching chairs. For a long time, that set-up was synonymous with "dining room." But the American family has changed, and American dining rooms are changing, too. By Susan Kleinman, Scripps Howard.

TREASURES: Porcelain carriage's value limited by lack of mark - Dear Helaine and Joe: I have a porcelain carriage that must be at least 65 to 70 years old. It is 10 inches long by 8 inches tall. It is marked "Germany." What is its value? By Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson, Scripps Howard.

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BRITT CARTOON: Gadhafi's time in power ends. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Hurricane paths. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

GRANLUND CARTOON: MLK memorial statue. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

CONROY CARTOON: The future of Social Security. By Bob Conroy, GHNS cartoonist.

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