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Our famous American meal of roasted corn beef and vegetables is just around the corner. Restaurants, grocery stores and websites are sharing information about this popular meal. I know on my father’s side of the family there is some Irish as there is a connection to the Harrington’s. Both of my parents were excellent cooks and I learned a lot from them, but I do know the corned beef and vegetables that I roast is much better.

The first day of spring is Wednesday, March 20. Yes, it’s that time of year to break out your notepad to jot down things you’ve thought about over the winter months that would benefit your gardening chores this year, or simply to help remember a great idea that came to mind. This was always my way of remembering because I knew ideas would get lost if I didn’t jot them down.

You know the old cliché television news ads that say something terrifying like “Could you have something in your house that slowly killing you, your family, the cat and the mailman? Find out at 11!” The idea being that you’ll be hooked enough to tune in for your own peace of mind. Whether the story ends up meriting the scary lead-in is usually debatable. Well, the lead-in for this article could easily be something similar, “Could the oxalates in your diet be making you sick?” But of course, most people wouldn’t know an oxalate from an oven mitt, so more explanation is necessary.

Dave Gustafson’s creation, Oak and Alley Public House, actually opened in an alley in 2014. The quaint little spot off Buffalo Street in downtown Warsaw was a bit hard to find, but once in the door, the place took on an atmosphere of, perhaps, a modern-day speakeasy. Craft cocktails, beers and burgers rule.

One of the wonderful things about food (real food) is that it can not only be delicious and filling, but it can supply our bodies with all the nutrients we need to live a healthy life. Take iron for instance. Our bodies do not produce iron, yet we still need it. One of the greatest sources of iron in the world is meat. Animal-based foods have the highest levels of iron and the body absorbs it easier than any other kind. But what if you don’t eat or particularly like to eat much meat. Then what? Then you find alternatives. If you’re vegetarian, if you’re anemic, even if you’re pregnant, your body may require more iron than your traditional diet supplies. Iron supplements are a thing and a good alternative if you just cannot get enough iron from food, but your body is always going to absorb natural iron better than in supplement form.

Because of the infrequency in time and location of total solar eclipses, scientists historically have had difficulty studying broad, controlled data collections on eclipse-related animal behavior. But with the advent of smartphone technology, researchers are looping in citizen scientists to help record the effects of solar eclipses. 

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