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GHNEWSROOM FAVORITES: Top GateHouse front pages of 2011

HOLIDAY CHARITIES: Q&A on Wicked Local newspapers' Beacon Santa Fund

BEST OF THE DAY: Local Santa Claus by the numbers


SUPER BOWL QUARTER PAGE LAYOUT: 4 facts on the big game


WINTER HEALTHY LIVING: Dealing with chronic pain, eating disorders after 40, a safer medicine cabinet

BRIDE: Dress trends, the latest cake toppers, sorting out family issues

TAX PREP PAGES: Content from The Street on common mistakes, deductions to take advantage of

KIDZBUZZ: New Year's around the world

JANUARY FAMILY: Learn to ski, make oatmeal a healthy treat, how to deal with a destructive pet

PRINT ADS FOR JANUARY 2012 CALLOUTS: Promote the callouts that will be syndicated to your Local Loop sections Jan. 2

The Street

HOLIDAYS: Your 5-item get-real New Year's checklist -- Consider this your last wake-up call and last chance to do a few vital things before Dec. 31. By The Street staff

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PETER CHIANCA: What's in and what's out for 2012 - Ah, the new year — what better time to take stock of what’s really important? You know, things like what’s in and what’s out in news, politics, entertainment, sports and life in general. But don’t worry, we’ll do all the heavy lifting. Heavy lifting is out. By Peter Chianca, North of Boston.
* Callout/Facebook idea: Ask readers to weigh in on what they think will be "in" in 2012.

FAMILY TIME: Simple ways to make dinner at home a special night - Weekly family rail, with family-dinner tips, a look at the best family films of 2011 and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: Any of the first three items can be localized – ask a local family counselor to provide a tip of the week, ask movie-going parents to give reviews of movies or ask youngsters to send in book reviews.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Handling leftovers - Weekly Food for Thought with items on handling leftovers, cooking with alcohol, an easy recipe and more. By GHNS.

LORETTA LAROCHE: Time for New Year’s resolutions - Well, the new year is just around the corner, and already the magazines are loaded with tips and techniques to help you do all the things you wanted to do last year and the year before and never got around to. By Loretta LaRoche, The Patriot Ledger.
* Callout/Facebook idea: Ask readers what their New Year's resolutions are.

JERRY MOORE: Make sure to offer tips to people who serve you - Christmas may have come and gone, but holiday tips are still welcome by people who serve us. Be generous to those who make things in your life easier. By Jerry Moore, Chicago Suburban.

RENOVATIONS: Renovation rookies build new home inside old walls - Family members tried to talk Natalie and Bryce Quinn out of buying their early 1920s Mediterranean-style fixer-upper in Minneapolis. "My dad said, 'You don't know how much work this will be,'" said Natalie. The Quinns, who had never remodeled a home before, thought it would take just a few months to repair and update the neglected home. Instead, they spent more than a year on a whole-house renovation, ultimately rebuilding a modern interior within the Old World concrete and stucco shell. By Lynn Underwood, Scripps Howard.

TREASURES: Mammy cookie jar likely a reproduction - Dear Helaine and Joe: Please let me know if you are interested in our treasures. We think the cookie jar is Aunt Jemima. There is a big "B" on the base underneath. By Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson, Scripps Howard.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Congress and gift returns. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.

RICK HOLMES: A year of closed chapters, unwritten endings - By tradition, we spend the last week of December sorting out what happened in the year now ending. With 2011, a week won’t be enough. Nor can a year this full be summed up in a single column, but let me give it a shot. By Rick Holmes, MetroWest, Mass.

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