Getting fit focus of local Biggest Loser contest

David Nash, far left, puts his clients through a rigorous boot camp workout. Some of his boot camp participants have signed up for the Decatur Biggest Loser Fitness and Weight Loss Challenge. Photo by Gale Horton Gay

Kelli Meier just wants to lose a few stubborn pounds. Mike Iconis is aiming to drop nearly 30 so he can be around for his two young daughters and wife. Anthony Stover has a vision of being in the Air Force or Navy reserves but first he must get fit. This is why Meier, Iconis […]

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St. Augustine is one tasty town

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St. Augustine, Fla., has a strong and well-deserved reputation for its history. Everywhere there are references to historical figures such as Pedro Menendez de Aviles, who founded the city in 1565, and Henry Flagler, who transformed the area from an alligator-infested swamp into a playground for the rich during the late 1800s. Today the beaches, […]

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Not too old to learn something new

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  To be honest, I really have no business getting on a snowboard. After all, I’m way closer to 60 than I am to 50 and my once-flexible joints are far stiffer than they once were. Still, a visit to Bear Creek Resort and Conference Center in Macungie, Pa., gave me the opportunity to take […]

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Inauguration is a national celebration

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The national tradition of swearing in the newly elected president of the United States has Washington, D.C., all abuzz. Security experts, transportation officials, party planners, out-of-towners and local residents are figuring out the best way to deal with the impending traffic, crowds, revelry and confusion that comes at inauguration time. Presidential inauguration festivities play out […]

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My best Christmas ever

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The holiday season is definitely a memory-making time of the year. It’s the coming together of family and friends with the spirit of giving dashed with the razzle-dazzle of lights and tinsel. We asked a few DeKalb residents to share some their favorite “best Christmas ever” memories. Will “Flip” Thomas of Decatur and Ka’Trina Holt […]

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Artistry is at the heart of pumpkin Blaze

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  What happens when you throw 5,000 pumpkins, 15 artists and 1,000 volunteers in a caldron around Halloween? You get a can’t-believe-your-eyes event called Blaze. Actually it’s called The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Located in Croton-on-the-Hudson, N.Y., on the grounds of the Van Cortlandt Manor estate, Blaze, as it’s known to locals, runs for 22 […]

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Steel plant makes artful renaissance in Pennsylvania

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A rusted and decaying steel plant casts a stark contrast against a blue cloudless sky. Such a massive and deteriorating structure, once home to thousands of steel workers, might be perceived as a painful symbol of what was. However in Bethlehem, Pa., the former Bethlehem Steel plant has become a symbol of revitalization and transformation. […]

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Nautical town has much to entice visitors

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Annapolis is well known as the place where politics culminates in Maryland; the state’s capital. Maryland lawmakers and other movers and shakers flock there to make laws and shape policy. For the rest of us, however, there’s an abundance of non-partisan reasons to venture to this city of 33,000. Consider that Annapolis is a sailing […]

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