GateHouse News Service National Budget
6/15/11
 
Contacts: Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343, lglowinski@corp.gatehousemedia.com
Michael Toeset, (630) 835-8870, mtoeset@corp.gatehousemedia.com


On GHNewsroom.com

WAKE UP CALL!: Are oil changes at 3,000 miles really needed?

TOP 50: GH sites with the most pageviews in May

EDITING WORDS BLOG: The correct spelling of GOP presidential candidates' names


Niche

WEEKLY NASCAR PAGE: A look at drivers on the 'bubble'

HOW-TO TAB: How to choose the best hairstyle for your face, build a website cheaply, destress and more

FATHER'S DAY PHOTO CALLOUT
-- Father's Day page

JULY FAMILY: Save on amusement park tickets, fun car-ride games for kids and a no-cook dinner recipe

FOURTH OF JULY PAGE: Patriotic quotes


Lifestyles

HOME HELP: Balcony gardens -- weekly Home Help with items on growing a garden on a patio or balcony, the EPA recycling in Joplin, Mo., 2-D glasses and more. By GHNS

TURF DISEASES: Landscaping: 5 common turf diseases - It may seem impossible to keep perfect green turf. However, most lawn problems are caused by a handful of diseases and bugs that largely can be prevented and controlled with the proper lawn care. Here are ways to identify five of the most common turf diseases, and some expert solutions. By Steve Graham, Hometalk.com.

WOULD YOU BUY IT? Snackwell’s caramel popcorn -- Find out if this product is worth buying for your family. Kathryn Rem/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Kathryn Rem: Customer service satisfaction is down -- According to the July issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 64 percent of 1,000 respondents in a recent survey said they left a store in the previous 12 months because service was poor. And 67 percent had hung up during a customer service phone call without having had their problem addressed. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
* Poll idea: Have you left a store in the past 12 months because service was poor?

ORGANIC MILK: Joan Endyke: Organic milk now considered better -- Is organic milk better? Years ago, this question would have been hard to answer. But with tighter regulations, data collection and scientific study, organic milk is emerging as a better product. Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
* Poll idea: Do you buy organic milk?

TRADING POST: Blueberry Pound Cake, Raspberry Brownies -- Readers share their best berry recipes. We’re still looking for recipes using berries of any kind. If you have a good recipe, please send it in. Kathryn Rem. State Journal-Register (Ill.)

CHIROPRACTIC: Michael Jones: Chiropractic care may improve athletics -- So, how does chiropractics improve performance? The answer is in the nervous system. The brain is the master control center that sends messages down through the spinal cord to every cell, tissue and organ of the body. The spinal cord is protected by the spinal bones called vertebrae. Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)

LOST IN SUBURBIA: You say woodchuck, I say beaver - Having lived in the suburbs for a dozen years, I have gotten pretty good at distinguishing between certain species of animals. This was something of a real achievement for me since, for the most part, the only animals I had regular encounters with when I lived in the city were the two-legged kind. But now, after much experience, I can proudly say that I am something of an expert in suburban wildlife identification. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS columnist.

KENT BUSH: Volcano eruption interrupts adoption process  -- For two years my family has been living at the base of a volcano. We have seen evidence that our adoption would be complete one day. But for months at a time, we waited impatiently for an eruption that seemed always in the distant future. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)


Entertainment

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include watching “Green Lantern” or “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”; celebrating Father’s Day; and getting ready for summer. By GHNS.
* Localization tips: Swap out any of these items for a big local happening; list any Juneteenth and Bloomsday celebrations; ask readers what they plan on doing this summer.

MUSIC REVIEWS: Album reviews: JD McPherson, Bo-Keys inject new life into old styles - In their new releases, JD McPherson and The Bo-Keys cling resolutely to almost-ancient styles — for the better, argues our critic. By Peter Chianca, North Shore, Mass.
* Poll/Facebook idea: Ask readers what they thought of these albums - thumbs up or thumbs down?

BOOK REVIEW: 'Rockabilly' hits all the right notes - “Rockabilly: The Twang Heard ’Round the World” (Voyageur Press) is an illustrated history of the form that’s the next best thing to sitting in a Tennessee honky-tonk in 1955, hearing Carl Perkins play “Blue Suede Shoes." By Peter Chianca, North Shore, Mass.

JODIE FOSTER: Jodie Foster faces real-life issues in ‘Beaver’ - The fact that Jodie Foster is as lovely and articulate in person as she is on screen didn’t surprise me when I spoke with her recently in Boston where she was promoting her new film, “The Beaver.” What surprised me was her candor and willingness to answer every question that was asked of her. She didn’t shy away from the tough ones, including those about her troubled co-star, Mel Gibson, and her own struggles with depression — the theme of the movie. By Meg Quinn-DeBoer, Ipswich, Mass.


Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: The cost of raising kids. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Pentagon ditches berets. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

MICHELLE TEHEUX: Let’s bring back private lives - I don’t want to hear about it. Really. The sex lives of the rich, famous and powerful have become a staple in the news, but I’m ready to go back to the days when such things were only news if a law was broken. If the sex is non-consensual, involves a minor or has some real bearing on any official duties the folks involved might have, then OK. By Michelle Teheux, Pekin, Ill.

MICHAEL WINSHIP: The perils of ignoring science, climate change -- A New York NPR reporter was talking with Joseph Nicholson, CEO of Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva, N.Y., near the upstate town where I was born and raised. There’s been a lot more rain than usual, he said. Produce hasn’t been exposed to sufficient “heat units” — in other words, the sun. Michael Winship/ Messenger Post (N.Y.)


Business / auto

DAVE RAMSEY: No option but education with ESAs - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on college funding and retirement money. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.

CHECKOUT LANE: Your real estate agent can make or break a sale - Whether you are buying or selling a house, getting a good real estate agent can save you a lot of time and frustration. By Shaunna Gately, The Patriot Ledger.
* Localization tip: Talk to local experts and add or swap out their quotes and tips.