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BEST PHOTOS: GateHouse best photos of the week.

FRONT-PAGE GALLERY: Today’s front pages.

MORNING MINUTES: Includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

HOME HELP: Weekly home and garden rail, with organization tips, the "new neutrals" in home decor, a guide to raised-bed gardening and more.

HOME PAGE: Sizing up a billiards room.

FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with tips for moms, a review of “Where the Wild Things Are” DVD and more.

WARM AND WOOLLY: Shepherd creates plenty of fleece -- Kathy Mealey once led a normal life. She and her husband, Mark Stephens, worked for the Postal Service, and she had a little antiques business. Then she bought two sheep because Mark didn’t like mowing the lawn. She put them in the back seat of her car and took them home. By Stephanie Foster of the Cape Codder.

Lifestyles: Food

POTLUCKS: Bring a dish and pull up a chair - Although potluck dinners — where everyone brings a dish to share — are held at churches, homes and workplaces nationwide, food historian Rae Katherine Eighmey says, “they’re an art form in the Midwest.” By Kathryn Rem.

GOURMET SALT: Salts from around the globe dash to supermarket shelves -- The little girl with the umbrella has competition. Pink rocks mined in the Himalayan mountains, black flakes from the Hawaiian shores and gray Celtic sea salt are cropping up in restaurants and on supermarket shelves that were once dominated by Morton’s iconic youngster. By Linda Murphy of The Herald News.

THE BEER NUT: Place your bets on this Dark Horse -- I had a list of 10 breweries that I really wanted to start distributing in Massachusetts. I say "had" because that list is now down to nine, thanks to Dark Horse Brewing Company. By Norman Miller of The MetroWest Daily News.

ANGELA D’URSO: St. Joseph’s Day the time for zeppole -- It’s March, and if you’re Italian, you know St. Joseph’s Day is right around the corner. Delicious zeppole is the traditional St. Joseph’s day treat. It is a fried "pate a choux" doughnut topped with vanilla pastry cream and amarena cherries. The doughnut is buttery and airy, and when topped with the sweet vanilla cream and tangy fruit, it is truly a piece of heaven.

BUDGET BEEF: When the going gets tough, go with pot roast -- You may feel guilty about serving your family steak, but it’s impossible to satisfy beef appetites on a budget. This has happened before, in depressions, in meat rationing during wars, and on and on. One of the things we must cut is the food budget, and beef goes first. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.

BOILING POINT: Bannock is no bumbling bread -- One of the stars during the Winter Olympics was barbecued bacon buffalo burgers on bannock buns. Scottish pioneers brought bannock, a brown quick bread, to Canada. Indians wrapped the dough around sticks and roasted it. Its hearty nutrition and ease of baking kept many a fisherman or cowboy satisfied. By Jim Hillibish
of The Repository.

Lifestyles: Columnists

LOST IN SUBURBIA: The same old grind - My dad is a grinder, his father was a grinder before him, and his father’s mother, too. In fact, legend has it my great grandma Tilly used to grind her wooden teeth so hard she made toothpicks out of them. By Tracy Beckerman.

PETER CHIANCA: The comic books that came in from the cold - Comic books available in every bookstore? Where's the fun in that? When I was a kid, finding your favorite comics was a challenge.

JOHN REILLY: Disney World run is definitely Goofy -- At some point, it’s fair to say I’m obsessed with running. I’ve logged 35,000 miles in 22 years, including eight miles on my wedding day. But even for me, Disney World’s “Goofy” Challenge -- 39.3 miles in 24 hours -- is a bit of a stretch.

GARY BROWN: Plans change as the decades roll by -- Age changes your ways of thinking about doing the things you enjoy. When I was in my 20s, I didn’t think beyond my 20s. I just did the things that people in their 20s do. Of course, I’m nearly 60 now. Things have changed. The Repository.

Lifestyles: Health

FIGHTING INFECTION: Surgeon’s study aimed at fighting MRSA -- A spine surgeon hopes his 10-year study into reducing infections in complicated back procedures can help solve one of medicine’s thorniest dilemmas -- how to fight methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections. By Mike DeDoncker of the Rockford Register Star.

DIANA BOGGIA: Helping train your children to sleep -- Empower yourself with books or videos on how to train your child to sleep. Talk to your pediatrician. Reach out to friends who have successfully trained their children to sleep. The Repository.

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Head to the theater for “Alice in Wonderland,” observe World Day of Prayer, celebrate pigs, catch some college basketball and watch the Oscars.
- Localization ideas: List local prayer gatherings, list any pig-related events, do something special for the Oscars, etc.

SUDOKU MARCH: Puzzles for March (610-644) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.

FLICKS: Burton offers weird “Wonderland”; Flicks makes sarcastic Oscar picks -- Tim Burton brings (extra) weirdness, and his wife (or girlfriend or whatever), to a reimagining of “Alice in Wonderland.” By John Meo of the Norwich Bulletin.

BRITT CARTOON: Obama vs. the GOP.

EDITORIAL: Military reform overdue, positive -- In an editorial board meeting this week, U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., said he supports proposed changes in the U.S. military structure, specifically the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and the U.S. Navy’s decision to allow women to serve on submarines. From the Norwich Bulletin.

EDITORIAL: Enough talk ­ pass a health reform bill -- The Republicans’ demand that President Obama and Congress start all over on health care reform would be disingenuous if it weren’t so calculated. For the past year, Congress has held meetings, hearings, debates and votes. Just because Republicans came out on the losing side of most of those votes is no reason to nullify them. From the Independent.

KENT BUSH: Both parties upset with Bunning's block - The Republican Party has been the target of criticism for becoming the party of "no" recently. But lame-duck Republican senator Jim Bunning has become a one-man "no" show.

BRUCE COULTER: Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t care -- While Army Chief of Staff George Casey and Arizona Sen. John McCain appear to prefer the “ignorance is bliss” approach to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman plans to move forward with a repeal of the ban on gays serving openly.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: White ribbons put spotlight on domestic violence toward women -- Arrests in Brockton for domestic violence shot up in recent years, but post-arrest restraining orders are dropping, indicating some victims may not be seeking follow-up court protection, authorities said Tuesday. The trend was highlighted Tuesday, “White Ribbon Day,” an annual event held locally and across the country to spotlight domestic violence. By Maureen Boyle of The Enterprise.

Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with questions on debt and children and the right time to buy a home.

HARLEY MECHANIC: In male-dominated industry, motorcycle dealer made a name for herself -- In the male-dominated world of motorcycles in the 1960s, Kay Moneghan didn’t just sit back and let the men work on Harleys. She did it herself – becoming the first woman ever to become a Harley-Davidson certified mechanic, her employees said. By Maria Papadopoulos of The Enterprise.

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on freelancing, a BBB warning about the BBB label and more.  

MAKING CENTS: Planning for financial independence -- Financial independence means different things to different people. For some, it means getting past living from paycheck to paycheck. For others, it means being debt-free. But for my clients, it means that they've saved enough to live their desired lifestyle without having to work every day. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.  

CHECKOUT LANE: Tips for a great getaway -- During the winter months, a trip to warm climates can be a relatively affordable escape. Warm islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and other close Caribbean islands can be inexpensive getaways, says Arnold Greenblatt, owner of Atlas Travel Agency.

FINE PRINT: Verizon vs. Comcast and package deals -- The raging battle between Verizon and Comcast is heating up yet again, this time with Verizon attempting to undercut its rival with a new "triple-bundle" service for $90-a-month price that's guaranteed for two years. By Jon Chesto of The Patriot Ledger.  
ON COMPUTERS: It’s a minefield out there for shoppers - You must approach your computer hobby in a business-like fashion. Business-like these days means be wary of most “great” deals. By Jim Hillibish.  
SHOESTRING LIVING: Can a spender become a saver? - Are spenders doomed to a life of bad decision-making when it comes to saving? I, a self-admitted spender, believe that it is within our ability to change. Thank goodness experts agree that with a bit research and some stick-to-it-iveness, even full-blown spenders can be cured.  

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