National budget 3.30.11

Lisa Glowinski

GateHouse News Service National Budget


Contacts: Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343,

Michael Toeset, (630) 835-8870,


WAKE UP CALL!: The president's plans to lower gas prices (eventually)

5 TIPS: On covering local business, from award-winning GH editor


MAY FAMILY: Get into horseback riding, bike with the family, gifts for grads

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PAGE: About the holiday, May 5

KIDZBUZZ: It's National Nutrition Month

SALUTE TO NURSES PACKAGE: A page and marketing collateral for the May celebration

APRIL RADARFROG COUPON BOOK: Save on energy bills with better landscaping

APRIL RADARFROG PAGE: Save on dining out

EASTER PAGE: Make an edible Easter basket


SPRING CALLOUT: For readers' seasonal photos

EARTH DAY CALLOUT: Ask for kids' Earth drawings


HOME HELP: Minty-fresh gardens -- weekly Home Help with items on growing mint in the garden, high-efficiency top-load washing machines, how to clean linoleum floors and more. By GHNS

PAINT: What is the cold weather doing to your paint? - This year’s frigid winter weather cold may be literally peeling the paint off your house. And unless you have specialty paint and a warm spell in the forecast, you don’t want to start replacing the paint until at least spring. You also want to be careful where you are storing the extra touchup paint. By Steve Graham, for GateHouse News Service.

ANNE MAZAR: Raising backyard chickens  -- I buy "Peg's Eggs" from my neighbor Peggy Veal. The eggs are fresh, unlike the average store-bought eggs that can be months old. The richness of Peg's Eggs lifts my recipes up several notches in flavor. Studies have shown that pasture-raised chicken eggs are more nutritious. Daily News Correspondent (Mass.)

LOST IN SUBURBIA: Getting our ducks in a row - I got off my knees and peered out back. Sure enough, there was a mallard pacing back and forth along the outside of our pool fence. He was quacking and pacing, and if ever a duck looked annoyed, this one did. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS columnist.

BAKER’S WEIGHT LOSS: Restaurateur loses 387 pounds by sticking to - and serving - sensible food - Debra Swihart dispenses more than meat pies and cupcakes from her restaurant. She also gives advice to dieters. She has dropped 387 pounds in the past three years, going from 550 to 163 pounds. By Kathryn Rem, Springfield, Ill.

WOULD YOU BUY IT? Chicken + American Sub Lunchables -- Find out if the latest lunch from Lunchables is worth buying for your kids. Kathryn Rem/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)

RECIPES: Maple-Pear Bread Pudding, Maple Crème Brulee and Maple Spice Cake -- It’ a banner-sap season, so we hit up local chefs for ideas for desserts made with maple syrup. Bringing big flavor, maple syrup adds sweet and unexpected twists to desserts. Here are three recipes to try. Jody Feinberg/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

* Callout idea: Send us your favorite maple syrup recipe.

MAPLE SYRUP: Chefs say maple syrup is subtle, versatile, distinct -- “Who doesn’t love maple? It’s such a beautiful flavor,” said Jasper White, chef and owner of The Summer Shack restaurants in Boston. “We always do a maple dessert in the spring because maple syrup is a harbinger of spring.” Jody Feinberg/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

THE BEER NUT: The czar of beers - Russian imperial stouts draw big crowds. Breweries around the country -- Portsmouth Brewery in New Hampshire, Three Floyds in Indiana and the Bruery in California, among them -- hold special events when interpretations of the style are sold just that one day a year. These events draw hundreds, sometimes thousands, who just want a chance to get a taste and a bottle of these beers. By Norman Miller, MetroWest, Mass.

DR. JEFF HERSH: Why do people die from Alzheimer's disease? -- Q: I know Alzheimer's disease causes dementia, but how does it kill someone? MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

* Sidebar idea: Highlight a local resident who has a family member suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and ask questions: What is it like to have a family member with AD? Have there been any improvements in their disease? Any suggestions for other families?

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Man vs. machine in the doctor's office -- Computers have invaded this inner sanctum. This menage a trois in the examining room –– doctor, patient and computer –– has resulted in mixed reviews. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

* Poll idea: Does your doctor look at the computer more than he or she looks at you?

WADE MCINTYRE: I'm thankful for France, Steve Jobs, organic food and more -- In that spirit, I am thankful, in no particular order, for: The founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, whose continuing success as an innovator makes a mockery of marketers who recycle and disrespect consumers by promoting sugar water and other foolishly developed products. Weekly Citizen (La.)


5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include celebrating April Fools’ Day, watching “Hop” or another new movie, catching the Final Four and more. By GHNS.

* Localization tip: Swap out any of these items for any local events, list any places that have Poetry Month events and list any pillow fights.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Radiation fallout fears. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

BRITT CARTOON: Big Tobacco's grand plan. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.


DAVE RAMSEY: Continue taking unemployment? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on unemployment benefits and spending your hard-earned money. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.

MAKING CENTS: Plan now to avoid family disharmony - A common goal for most parents and grandparents is family harmony. Unfortunately, these dreams often fail to come true through a combination of naivety, poor planning and weak communication. You don't need to be from a billion-dollar family for your family to be fighting about financial issues. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.

CHECKOUT LANE: Relief in taxing times - Using a certified public accountant or enrolled agent is a good way to know that your finances will get some quality attention this tax season. By Shaunna Gately, The Patriot Ledger.

* Localization tip: Talk to local tax experts and add or swap out their advice and quotes.