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Autumn Equinox On Horizon

Season marked by colors, harvests and farewells Our descent into winter’s darkness is contrarily marked by exuberant celebrations throughout nature. Trees explode into brilliant autumn colors and shower the sidewalks

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Greatest American Heroes

Many change world in quiet, everyday ways AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Those we admire, both fictional and real, are simply common characters or people who took five minutes here and

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Choose Wisely

Invest time, effort in things that matter Students are now back to school, studying what teachers and professors direct them to learn. But we also have the option of learning

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Gray Frogs, Colorful Life

Tiny amphibians can live up to 10 years AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples That rock just blinked! Or maybe it was a piece of tree bark or a patch of porch

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Found In Funny Places — Making Ripples

Visiting wildlife a treat for some, terror for others A black bear on the porch. Tree frogs found in the mailbox. Beavers in the spring house and porcupines in the

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Downsizing To Live It Up — Making Ripples

Abandon materialism to embrace the best in life AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Downsizing is a sticky situation involving angry relatives, puzzles, nostalgia and freedom. It’s like a wild bear wearing

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Summer Night Symphonies

Nature provides free concerts to those willing to hear AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Summer concert season is well under way, and our area offers quite a lot of great, free

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Wasps Of Wonder — Making Ripples

‘Velvet ants’ beautiful to see, painful to meet Making Ripples Amanda Bancroft Photo courtesy Amanda Bancroft The common name “velvet ant” actually refers to more than 3,000 species of wasps,

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What’s Good For The Goose

Natural scents, plants repel unwanted visitors AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples If you’d like to keep your garden organic but free of pests, or if you’re simply looking for a way

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Summer Reading Recommendations

Beat the heat with books about a better world AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples It’s not too late to sign up for the all-ages summer reading programs at the Fayetteville Public