I've been preparing the same basic, traditional Thanksgiving menu for almost 35 years now. But in the past few years, our children have grown up, married and now have families of their own. Our tastes have changed, and our lives are more hectic. So what's a Diva to do? I've decided to create a new family Thanksgiving tradition with a schedule and menu that fits our lifestyle ... and you can, too!

We're a granola-eating family. When the tall jar in our pantry reads almost empty, it's time to stir up and bake a new batch. It's never a chore, because the fresh homemade taste of heart-healthy oats with nuts and dried fruit always satisfies, whether combined with yogurt and berries at breakfast, or sprinkled over a scoop of ice cream for an evening dessert.

This has been a beautiful fall in our part of Missouri. And a bonus is coming! According to local meteorologists, we’re going to have a spectacular display of color from the leaves above. That is, if we don’t get a hard-killing freeze first. One thing is for sure. Summer’s shady canopy is ab…

Juliana Marie Hitchcock, Warrensburg, and Christopher Ross Engelken, Bridgeport, New York, were married Sept. 14, 2019, in Kingsville.

The Warrensburg Church of the Brethren celebrated the ordination of Jackson Short to the Commissioned Ministry at its Sunday, Nov. 10, worship service.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 61-year-old woman in fairly good health except that I have been taking prescription omeprazole once a day for heartburn for at least 10 years, if not more. I've read articles that say this isn't good to take long term, like I've been doing. When I've tried to stop by using famotidine instead, I still suffer from heartburn throughout the day. I've raised my bed and tried sleeping in an upright position. Your thoughts, please. — O.D.S.

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On the list of what frightens people the most, ranking right up there with spiders, snakes and heights are needles. In fact, the extreme fear of medical procedures involving needles is a valid phobia with an ominous name: trypanophobia. Charyn Caruso, a phlebotomist for Grove City Medical Center, has worked with her share of patients who have suffered from the condition throughout her 20-year career.