Author: CM

Becoming An Eagle

by Shelly Dark The Boy Scouts of America has been an important national institution for more than a century. For generations, boys have joined the organization to have fun, learn life skills and form lasting friendships. And as they do so, they are instilled with the values and goals that Scouting was established to promote: self-reliance, leadership and service to others. Members advance through Scouting based on their learning and service — and the earning of merit badges, which are the most notable marks of a Scout’s accomplishments. And a dedicated few rise to the highest rank that Scouting...

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Mission of Love

by Linda L. Esterson Kim Hott tears up when she describes the poverty she has seen in Honduras. Homes that make storage sheds in the United States look glorious. Dirt floors, small cement ovens set on tables in the center of a room. Buckets of dirty water from outside holding mud and fish and who knows what else. “You won’t believe it until you see it,” she says, her voice breaking. Hott also describes a lack of emergency medical services, minimal medical care, and no police presence, especially in remote areas. Hott felt a calling from God to help....

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Home Staging for The Holidays

by Silvia Blair The holiday season typically brings out the best in entertaining and decorating, as a time for making a home or apartment look beautiful and inviting for the family, friends and guests who will celebrate with one another. Transforming a home or apartment into a holiday space can take some ingenuity and imagination. And with the right selections, a home or apartment can become a centerpiece for festivities that looks professionally put together without breaking the bank. All it takes are some simple techniques borrowed from the real estate world. Staging, the practice of creating a visual...

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Care and Compassion

by James Rada, Jr. photography by Bill Ryan The first question that Regina Bodnar asks potential new employees at Carroll Hospice is, “What do you do for fun?” It’s not a trivial question. She wants to make sure that employees have a balanced life. They need to be able to have fun and enjoy life, because their work at Carroll Hospice will be very challenging. It will also, however, be richly rewarding. “You meet the most incredible people in hospice, but for such a short time,” said Bodnar, who is the executive director of Carroll Hospice. Sometimes, the best...

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End-of-Year Tax Tips

by Kym Byrnes As the end of 2017 looms, folks are thinking about holiday cheer, New Year’s Eve plans, and…taxes. Oh, you’re not thinking about taxes so much yet? You may want to consider some of these last-minute ideas that could help save you a few bucks on your 2017 tax bill. The experts at Sturgill Financial Group and H&R Block have offered the following tax tips: Sell Off Securities If you have a large net capital gain so far this year, consider selling some stock to generate a loss before Dec. 31. Doing so could reduce the amount of tax you pay. Whatever you do though, experts say don’t let possible tax savings cause you to make decisions contrary to your investment interests. Get Charitable Think about giving back at the end of the year. The holidays are an excellent time to be kind to others — so consider donating goods to qualifying charities or making a cash donation. If you are donating used goods, value them as if you were selling them at a yard sale, and be sure to get a receipt. For cash donations, write a check or use a credit card for record keeping — and remember that for donations over $250 you will also need an acknowledgement from the organization. If your volunteer efforts for a charitable organization require driving, track your mileage;...

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