DEAR HELAINE AND JOE: We found this lamp buried in an attic closet and are guessing it once belonged to my wife’s grandmother. Can you tell us who made it, when it was made and the value? It stands about 2 feet high, is extremely heavy and on the bottom it is marked “Made in France.”

MANCHESTER — The Made in NH Expo will showcase locally produced products and services this weekend at DoubleTree by Hilton Expo Center.

DEAR HELOISE: My granddaughter insists I cut the crusts off all her sandwiches. This bothers me — is she missing out on something by not eating the crusts?

DEAR ABBY: For several years, my husband and I were good friends with “Pam” and “David.” About a year ago, we moved to a new house just a few blocks from theirs. They decided they liked some of the features of our new home and immediately started remodeling theirs to resemble ours.

Dear Readers: Does your dog or cat drink tap water? This could possibly lead to medical problems for the animal. Tap water can contain high amounts of calcium and magnesium, which can contribute to crystals forming in the urine, urinary tract infections and incontinence, among other issues.

DEAR DOCS: My husband escaped a house fire a couple of years ago. Everything turned out OK, as far as physical health and insurance went, but now, he sees a potential catastrophe around every turn. What can be done to get him back to his old self?

DEAR HELOISE: My husband wants to rent an RV this year and have all of us go on a vacation to Alaska. I’m worried. This will mean tight quarters with our two boys, ages 12 and 14. Is there any way to do this without going crazy?

DEAR ABBY: I dwell in a small, Southern and, I thought, safe hometown. I’m currently unemployed and therefore unable to afford a place of my own. I live with my parents. I have job-searched for months now for something within walking distance. I pay for food with food stamps. But I can’t yet…

Recently, a group of paleontologists were surprised to discover that an ancient Egyptian mummy stored in Jerusalem’s Israel Museum suffered from osteoporosis. They scanned the 2,200-year-old skeleton of Iret Khor-Ero and found signs that this member of the upper class lived a sedentary life …

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