Dear Heloise: As an addition to your hint on RETIRING A FLAG that is tattered or faded, many funeral establishments that have crematories will accept flags. We, with the permission of the family of a veteran requesting cremation, will drape the remains with a retired flag. At the time of cremation, not only does the flag receive proper disposal, but the veteran has the honor of being covered with the greatest honor, his nation’s flag. -- Sandy M., Bakersfield, Calif.

You are right, Sandy. Some funeral homes across the country do have a flag-retirement program. They accept flags that are no longer able to fly and cremate them during a certain time period around several national holidays. Also, some do accept flags to be used, with the family’s permission, during the cremation process of a service member. It certainly is a very personal decision; however, most people are grateful for the effort. Thanks to all active members and veterans for your service. -- Heloise



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Dear Heloise: I like to pull my hair back while washing my face or applying makeup. When traveling, I take only what is necessary. I use my sleep mask when sleeping, and as a headband to hold my hair back. -- K.J. in Texas


Dear Heloise: Most people may already know this, but I found it interesting. Different ATMs charge different fees. One charges a $4 fee, while another charges only $2.50. Even ATMs located in the same store may charge different fees.

Of course, the best thing is to use one of your bank’s ATMs, but if you can’t, find one with a lower fee. Those dollars can add up. -- Josie in Sacramento, Calif.


Dear Heloise: A recent column addressed a problem of stuck curios in a wood cabinet. An easier solution would be to heat the curios and shelves with a hair dryer, achieving a clean release. Any marring of the shelf can be treated with a stain-inclusive wax. -- Roger E., Dyer, Ind.

Thanks for the advice, Roger! Another reader wrote in about this same problem. Below is what he had to say. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I have a suggestion for the reader who has little statues stuck on the curio cabinet shelves: Try dental floss -- it is thin and strong. Draw it back and forth under the edge of the statues to release the bond with the shelves. -- Keith, via e-mail


Dear Heloise: I was at a friend’s house for dessert. We were enjoying peach pie and ice cream. She left to get coffee, and I realized I was chewing paper from the fruit label (yikes!).

When I make peach pies (or any pie), I remove the label and put the contents in a bowl. I double-check for pit pieces or paper before making the pie. Hope this helps someone else not have a “paper” pie. -- Harriette W., Decatur, Ala.

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