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Up the Beach — Travel the backroads and admire autumn

Autumn has officially arrived according to the calendar, but the beachers all know it’s here because you can still drive the backroads admiring the beginning blush of fall colors and listen to the purr of Kenworths, the powerful growl of the Peterbilts and the heavy sounds of a Mack changing gears on a hill.

The Rock Doc — Forensic science meets nuclear chemistry

As a kid, I read the Sherlock Holmes stories and the mysteries of Agatha Christie. As an adult, I wrote four mysteries that focused on a Quaker heroine solving crimes she happened across in her religious community. (I published them using my grandmother’s name — Irene Allen — as a pseudonym.) And, as a geologist, I’ve read about real-life criminal investigations that involved samples of sand and soil.

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Mark Harvey — You must visit your aging parents

You may have missed this back in 2012 — a lot of us had a lot of other things on our minds in 2012! But, according to the Associated Press, that was the year that the Chinese national legislature amended its “law on the elderly” to require that adult children visit their aged parents “often” — or risk being sued by them.

Time to check out your chimney

Our amazing summer is winding down and while we will miss the warmth, the long days and all the fun, there are certainly great activities to enjoy in the fall – football, hunting and fishing come to mind.

Up the Beach — Heading into fall on the coast

Up the beach’s back roads at this not-quite-fall time of the year, brings back old memories. Memories of Mom, memories of Gram. You can almost see them alongside the road. Mom with her apron gathered into a big pocket for her finds and Gram and the aunties with baskets or lard buckets swinging from their hands.

Justice in Motion — September is National Preparedness Month

Seeing as this gorgeous summer weather is going to abandon us in the hopefully not-so-near future, it seems a good time to remind folks about being prepared for emergencies and disasters. The December 2007 storm occurred just a couple of months after I arrived to this community. I was very lucky to have a friend and neighbor who was amply prepared so frankly I enjoyed the paid week off. However, but for his assistance, I would have been in quite a pickle as I was not at all prepared.