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I have a sweet gum tree that is a nuisance. I love how the tree looks but it drops these sharp spiny spiky balls all over the grass and clean up is a huge problem every year.

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Pets of the week

Big Mama is a large-sized 3-year-old spayed female grey with white Terrier/Pit Bull mix with a shiny silver coat. She is very sweet and loves to be around people. She walks well on a leash and enjoys dishing out the kisses. She is smart and obedient.

Business phones are best answered by a human, rather than a machine

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Q. Karen, what is the best way to answer a business phone? I am often surprised at how unprofessional some people sound on the telephone when answering for a business.

Gardening column: Sweet gum tree's seed pods cause yard problems

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Q: I have a sweet gum tree that is a nuisance. I love how the tree looks but it drops these sharp spiny spiky balls all over the grass and clean up is a huge problem every year.

Pathways religion calendar

BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2435 Engle Road, will hold a neighborhood block party with free refreshments and games 4-8 p.m. Aug. 10.