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  • Jack up metabolism to increase fat burning abilities

    Often you hear people blame their weight-loss struggles on a slow metabolism, and is it truly responsible for weight problems?

    The process of metabolism is complex, involving numerous hormones and enzymes with varying functions in the body. This metabolism “network” sets the rate at which your body converts food into fuel, and this, in turn, establishes the efficiency of your body’s fat-burning engine. This makes gaining and losing weight dependent on:

    • Age. Metabolism naturally slows about 5 percent per decade after the age of 40.

  • Life is based on seedtime, just as it is with gardens

    As we see the snow going away from our landscapes, we are reminded that spring is coming. 

    After one of the coldest and greatest number of snowfalls we’ve seen in years, we are encouraged that spring is around the corner.

    Springtime means a lot of things. Changes in the weather, longer daylight hours and more activity outdoors. It also means we are going to put out our gardens, reseed our lawns, plant our crops and get ready for summer.

  • Bills on CPR, mug shots win OK

    As we near the end of February, the General Assembly has a predictably full agenda heading into what is always its busiest month of the year.

    Enacting a budget to run state government remains our biggest task. The House Appro-priations and Revenue Committee is right on schedule, however, with its seven budget review subcommittees close to finishing their modifications of Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposal. A vote by the full chamber will be held by early March.

  • Bills restore voting rights, protect those who are vulnerable

    We have passed the midpoint of the General Assembly, and the activity has continued to be energetic and fast-paced. I welcomed guests from my district and enjoyed seeing the constituents. It was also nice to see some decent weather come our way in the Capitol city.

    The Senate took up historic legislation this week in House Bill 70, which would restore voting rights certain to felons after five years removed from their sentence.

  • Champions hosts heroin town hall meeting March 6

    Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County will be hosting our annual town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at the General Butler State Resort Park Convention Center. Each year Champions holds a town hall meeting to bring awareness to one specific drug or issue that Carroll County may be facing. With death statistics rising due to heroin, this year’s topic was a simple choice.

  • Library programs help with early childhood development

    Children are an essential part of our library. Their presence can be seen from the time we open until the time we close. They range in age from very small babies to high school seniors.

    Our goal is to try to have something useful and meaningful for all children in our community. Early literacy is a place where we feel we can use our time and resources to assist our parents and schools. This is accomplished in several different ways.

  • New safety seat law will protect children

    One of the country’s great success stories over the last several decades has been the steep and steady decline in highway fatalities.

    It’s a welcome trend that has been especially pronounced here in Kentucky. According to the state’s Office of Highway Safety, you have to go back to 1949 to find a year that had fewer than the commonwealth had in 2013.

  • Technology is not always a ‘friend’
  • Search turns up a link to the past

    This week I’m going to preach the importance of going back and doing online searches for people you haven’t checked on for a while.

  • Westrick always had a smile on his face, served as an example for others

    This week, as you all know, we lost a great person in our community, Bruce Westrick.

    I didn’t know him well yet. In a small way, I was given the grace to be able to penetrate this man’s heart and value him for the great example that he was. I was always impressed with his happiness and positive outlook.

    He came to Mass at St. John on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. He would sit on the bench at the back of the church.