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6 QUESTIONS: South Unit (Mass.) photog named tops in New England

NEWSROOM PROFILE: Observer-Dispatch, Utica, N.Y.


KIDZBUZZ: Telling time and "spring forward"

REAL ESTATE PAGE: Renting your home

MARCH RADARFROG PAGE: Save on car rentals

MARCH RADARFROG COUPON BOOK: Be your own handyman; get rid of pests naturally

SPRING HOME & GARDEN: Seasonal tab has advice on spring decor, a spring-to-fall lawn care timeline and tips on checking your house for winter damage

ST. PATRICK'S DAY CALLOUT: For photos of parades and other green parties


SUNSHINE WEEK: Promo ads, infographics and more for the celebration of open government

-- NOTE: Sunshine Week is March 13-19


HEALTH WATCH: Work out in spring, enjoy summer more -- A timeline to get you fit for summer, fevers in children, the global percentage of alcohol-related deaths and more. By GateHouse News Service

JEFF VRABEL: Republicans go crazy for Styrofoam - If you should happen to find yourself enjoying a twilight stroll this spring, if you should be out soaking up the blood-warming sunshine, breezes and birdsongs and thinking there might just be some hope left in this wacky world after all, look up the story about Republicans, Capitol Hill and Styrofoam cups. If you are anything like me, which you're not, because you're probably not crying inconsolably, it'll send you into instant depression and a degenerative terror spiral. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.

DENNIS VOLKERT: Non-death greatly un-exaggerated - This just in:?Jim?Carrey isn’t dead. Well, it isn’t “just in.”?It was just in. I’ll explain that shortly. On Wednesday, just as I began to write this week’s column, a co-worker said she heard Jim Carrey had died. She wondered if it was true. I said, “What am I, his publicist?” By Dennis Volkert, Sturgis, Mich.

SHAYNE LOOPER: The end of the world is nigh? - Have you heard about the movement that claims Jesus will return in May of this year? This prophecy is being promoted by four ministries: Family Radio (not to be confused with Family Life Radio), EBible Fellowship, Bible Ministries International and The-Latter-Rain. By Shayne Looper, Coldwater, Mich.

DAVID ROBSON: Simplify your garden — and your life - Gardening requires work. You can spend hours deciding where to plant trees, shrubs and flowers, more hours making sure insects, diseases and weeds are kept at bay, and even more hours moving plants, trying to find the perfect location and the perfect combination that makes the heart go thump, thump, thump. These tasks may seem like work now, but they actually save you time and energy later. By David Robson, Springfield, Ill.

GREEN SPACE: Like mothering? Starting seedlings will grow on you - Starting seedlings certainly will satisfy your mothering complex. These little sticks of life have a will to survive if only we don’t screw them up. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.

HOUSE CLEANING: Vodka or lemon juice in your cleaning kit? It's true - Want to get your house really clean? Use these tips from the professionals. By Molly Beck, Springfield, Ill.


GRANLUND CARTOON: On high gas prices. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

CHARITA GOSHAY: Westboro ruling affirms rights of the hateful - On any given morning, I can find news releases on my desk from the Westboro Baptist Church “celebrating” the deaths of Americans serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. By Charity Goshay, Canton, Ohio.

Business / auto

AUTO BITS: Weekly auto rail, with tips on how to stay connected on the go, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.

* Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, or have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week.

GREG ZYLA: Looking for details on the 1960 Ford Starliner - My husband and I purchased a 1960 Ford Starliner as our first car when we got married, and we never sold it. If you can provide us with any other information about our 1960 Ford Starliner, we would really appreciate it. By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.

* This column contains a letter from Kansas.