Dear Doctors: We’re in central Oregon, and even though the wildfires aren’t right next to our town, we’ve had bad air quality all summer. My husband and I and our kids are feeling irritation in our lungs and sinuses, like when you’re catching a cold. Can this happen even when you’re not clos…

DEAR AMY: My father served in the Navy in WWII. He passed away in 1985, my mother in 1999. When she knew her time was nearing, she handed me a box of airmail letters, written by both during that time.

DR. WALLACE: I’m a 16-year-old girl who is a very good student. Mostly, I get A’s in school, and if I ever don’t achieve an A, then I always get at least a B or a B+. This would make most parents very happy, but my parents are truly only happy with me if my report card is perfect. They seem …

CUMBERLAND — Baltimore City Hall, the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower and Government House, together with hundreds of other buildings around the world, will light up teal on Nov. 5 to raise Alzheimer’s awareness as part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Light the World in Teal program.

• Dayna Logsdon, Mount Savage; Alyssa Mangus, Cumberland; Kerry Messick, Cresaptown; Zoe Watkins, Cumberland; and Terri Yarbrough, Cumberland; received $1,000 scholarships from the Ted A. Wolfe Foundation for study at Allegany College of Maryland.

CUMBERLAND — In anticipation of daylight saving time ending Nov. 1, State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci is urging Marylanders to “Change Your Clock — Change Your Battery” in both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.

CUMBERLAND — Wreaths Across America Radio airs messages from troops from across the country and overseas and encourages families to send a holiday message to them in the form of an internet radio greeting.

DEAR DR. FOX: Halloween will soon be here, and every year around this time, I read about black cats being caught and tortured. I know it is irrational, and goes back to the fear of the bubonic plague across Europe in the Middle Ages, but some people still believe this nonsense. Please set th…

CUMBERLAND — The Maryland Department of Human Services is urging residents who may need help paying their utility bills to seek assistance before a shutoff is allowed to occur.

Former Cumberland resident Linda (Sloan) Madden writes a memoir telling how she remembers her early years growing up in the 1950s and ‘60s when the city was the second largest in Maryland. Madden, of Hagerstown, is a 1965 graduate of Ursuline Academy. “Tell Us a Story” is available at the Bo…

Dear Doctors: I used to be pretty active, but after a diagnosis of Afib in the spring, I’ve become reluctant to exercise. My wife is after me to get moving again, and my son says he just read that people with Afib live longer if they exercise. Is he right?

CUMBERLAND — The Rev. Ryan Kendall Viands was installed as the 24th pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church during a masked and socially distant celebration with music, flowers, liturgy and ministry.

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