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Dear Abby | Friend with benefits turns out to be a disappointment

Dear Abby: I have known this guy “Noah” for six years. We’re mostly just friends with benefits, but I’ve always had deeper feelings for him. I always wanted to see where things could go between us, so I mentioned it to him. He told me that if he didn’t already have a girlfriend, he would have dated me. So when they broke up, I waited patiently.

Cooking with kids: Making mac and cheese from scratch

If your household includes children, you likely lost count long ago of the number of bowls of macaroni and cheese you’ve made, ordered at restaurants, microwaved or poured out of a box. As if by some collective agreement, the stuff becomes locked into our food psyches from an absurdly early age, the very definition of comfort food.

Food blogger takes vegan food to a new level

FRESNO, Calif. — It took just one documentary about animal agriculture to convince Ashley Hankins-Marchetti to become vegan. The documentary, “Cowspiracy,” raises the argument that livestock are harmful to the environment. Although there is still a lot of debate over the issue, Hankins-Marchetti’s mind was made up. No more meat for her.

Dear Abby | Couple’s wedding can wait until fiance finds a decent job

Dear Abby: My fiance and I have been engaged for two years. Our wedding is set for a year from now. I’m thinking about calling off our wedding, not because I don’t love him, or because I don’t want to spend the rest of my life with him. I know I want that. It’s because I’m the only one with a decent job. He has a job, but doesn’t earn enough to support us.

Dear Abby | Dispatcher pleads for help

Dear Abby: I’m a 911 dispatcher and I am shocked by the abuse of the 911 system. We are here to help in times of emergency, but our lines are continuously tied up by people who don’t have one. PLEASE help by passing along this plea to your readers:
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Anderson — Guzman

Brian Anderson and Georgina Guzman were married March 4 at the Chelan County Courthouse. The ceremony was officiated by Judge Roy S. Fore.

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Wenatchee Midwife Service and Childbirth Center

Smartphone may be ruining your relationships, studies find

A study published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture asked college couples how dependent they were on their smartphones and how difficult it would be for them to go without their phone for a day. Regardless of how much they used their phones, the level of dependency on them determined how confident these couples were about their relationships. Those who felt that their partners were too dependent on their devices said they weren’t as satisfied in their relationship as those who perceived their partners to be less dependent ...
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Renken — Hambly-Cody

Kerry Hambly-Cody and Skyler Renken were married Dec. 5 in Wenatchee.
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Howell — Burns

Patricia Burns and Dr. J. Harden Howell III were married Feb. 13 in a private ceremony at their residence. The ceremony was officiated by Judge Lesley A. Allan.
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Sweet — Bitterman

Brittney Bitterman and Cody Sweet were married Feb. 24 at the Chelan County Courthouse.

Sisters find each other 60 years later

DISCOVERY BAY, Calif. — A DNA test was the missing link that brought two women, living on opposite sides of the country, to find that they were long lost sisters.

Dear Abby | Widow fears wig is false advertising

Dear Abby: I’m a 57-year-old lady. I have been a widow 23 years and chose not to date while raising my daughter, who is now 26. I would now like to meet a nice man to spend time with, but I suffer from an affliction many older women deal with — alopecia. My hair is very thin, but with wigs and makeup, I look attractive enough.

Dear Abby | Dumpster-diving causes family concern

Dear Abby: I have an issue with my father and don’t know where to turn. Dad is in his early 80s and — aside from poor eyesight — he’s in good health. I’m concerned because he has developed an unusual habit. He likes to look through the dumpsters behind the grocery store.

Dear Abby | Daughter’s efforts are never good enough for her family

Dear Abby: I’m a 15-year-old girl, and I’m struggling with abuse. I’m mentally and physically abused by my family constantly, yet they make me out to be the abusive one. I could do amazing on a test, and they yell at me for something that happened on the last one. They’re always pushing me so hard to do better that it’s making me do worse.

Dear Abby | Program encourages students to eat together at lunch

Dear Abby: Schoolchildren, especially middle school or high school students who may not be socially adept, often eat lunch alone because they don’t know what to do when it comes to joining other kids at the lunch table. My grandson, who is on the autism spectrum, is one of them.