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How endangered species have fared
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:15 AM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

Growing up as a child, I remember reading or hearing on the news about eagles, owls and grizzly bears becoming extinct. Now, as a child, I thought that extinct meant these creatures smelled. Well, the word does sound like stink.

But, within the past few days, House leaders in D.C. say it’s time to take these species off the endangered list. The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars trying to save more than 1,500 animal and plant species listed as endangered or threatened.

Now the talk is of an overhaul to the 1973 Endangered Species Act, giving states more authority over imperiled species and limiting litigation from wildlife advocates.

 
What snow, did I miss something?
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:14 AM

What snow, did I miss something?

By Bill Sherry

In my opinion we are not ready to say that yet because we have a lot of snow to melt and it will take a lot of warm, sunny days to thaw those huge piles. A friend of mine told me that he was so, so tired of all the slippery roads, snow piled so high that is hard to see around or over it and then there is the miserable cold. When will it all be over, he whined, I’m ready for springtime weather. My reply is that we all are getting our seasonal internal clock reset and are about ready for the next season to get started.

 
Snowy days, frosty nights
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:14 AM

SNOWY DAYS, FROSTY NIGHTS AND WARM HEARTS

By Nancy Whitaker

I always thought I loved winter, snow, cold, ice and blizzards. I think it feels so good to curl up in the warm house when it snows. I put my fuzzy fleece pants on, drink hot tea, make soup and stare at the snowflakes as they drift down in front of the windows. However, the older I get, the less inviting any cold or snow becomes.

Of course, kids think a snow day is the best thing about a snow storm. They get to sleep in, spend the day inside watching TV or playing video games and basking in the warm cozy house.

But as the snow keeps coming down day after day, as it has this year, our snowmen begins to look droopy, everyone gets sick of being cold and suddenly the once warm, inviting house seems extremely small.

 
The tale of two tails
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 6:58 PM

THE TALE OF TWO TAILS

I am a dog and puppy lover and treat my dogs like members of my family. We probably all do.

However, when I was growing up, we always had outside dogs. Grandpa always named our dogs Rover.

We had Rover 1, Rover 2 and Rover 3. Rover 1 bit people; Rover 2 got loose, went to the neighbors and killed sheep; and Rover 3 succumbed to natural causes.

As an adult, I love dogs and puppies, and especially like little house dogs. We have a Shih-Tzu named Baylee. Earlier this summer, our other dog, a weiner dog named Brownie, passed away at age 20. The two dogs were very close and old Brownie was a very nurturing adult dog when Baylee was a pup.

 
It's not heaven, but it's Ohio
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 6:57 PM

By Jim Langham

I still remember the famous line from the movie, “Field of Dreams,” when one of the baseball players that came to an Iowa farm and played on actor Kevin Costner’s cornfield baseball field asked the question, “Is this heaven?”

To that, Costner proudly responded, “No, it’s Iowa.”

I thought of that line on Sunday afternoon when Joyce and I took a traditional Sunday afternoon drive through one of our favorite rustic parts of Paulding County.

Following a scrumptious ham dinner at a little café in Antwerp, I turned left instead of right when I exited around the piles of snow beside the parking lot of the small eatery.

 
Gypsum, for field application
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 6:56 PM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

A soil biochemist at OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Science, says applying fluidized gas desulfurization gypsum to crop fields can keep soluable phosphorus, the main nutrient feeding the algae, from being washed from the soil by heavy rains and then running off into streams and rivers and eventually, the lake.

Gypsum is an abundant by product from coal burning plants. The scrubbers remove sulfur dioxide which would cause acid rain from the plants’ exhaust emissions. The process creates large amounts of quality gypsum as a byproduct. This form of gypsum, known as FGD gypsum, is powdery and resembles flour, and can be applied using conventional farm spreaders. It costs $35 to $50 per ton to spread on a field with a typical application rate being one ot two tons per acre every two or three years.

 
For the love of plants
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 9:32 AM

By Kylee Baumle

Last week, as I was relishing our final days in beautiful Ecuador, I had impure thoughts. It’s not what you think. Surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers at nearly every turn, the first thing that came to mind was, “How can I get some of those home with me?”

Because of the ideal growing conditions that their location at the equator affords them, as well as having the Andes mountains, the Pacific coast and the Amazon rain forest, Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. It is a plant lover’s paradise.

That also makes it pure torture, as U.S. laws don’t allow travelers to transport live plants into the country.  Don’t think that I didn’t consider sneaking some in though, because I did. I even went as far as purchasing two plants, just knowing that I could pull it off.

 
Bobcats, coyotes and bears, oh my!
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 9:31 AM

Mark Holtsberry

Education Specialist Paulding SWCD

Earlier this month, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council removing the bobcat from the state’s threatened species list. The feline predator, which can weigh up to 40 pounds, has slowly been returning to Ohio and other Midwestern states since the 1970s.

The bobcat is just one of several larger mammal species making fresh inroads into Ohio these days.

 
I Love You
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 9:30 AM

I LOVE YOU

By Nancy Whitaker

I have a secret. I seem to just love everybody. That doesn’t mean I am “in love” with everyone, but I am very fortunate to have a lot of different loves in my life.

Do you remember your first love? Well, I do. I was only in kindergarten and I really liked this one little boy. At recess, we both ran around the playground and tried to catch each other. I do remember one day I ran faster than he did, caught him and planted a big kiss on his cheek. I think he cried.

My definition of love is that it’s a warm feeling based upon knowing and accepting someone. This relationship often involves mutual learning, caring and growth. Also, when you love someone you generally want them to be happy.

 
One of those times when the worst brings out the best
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 10:58 AM

By Jim Langham

This past Saturday morning, I was in a situation where sudden winds came when I was traveling just outside of Payne on Ohio 49. I was stunned, within seconds I was totally blinded. Cars were sliding all over the road; one car slid into a yard and just missed a tree in front of my eyes.

When I stopped to check out the situation, I discovered a man, a pregnant woman who was totally scared and a small child in the back seat. Thankfully, all was well, but the car was buried in the snow.

At 65 years of age, I didn’t know what to do as the blizzard raged relentlessly. I made a couple of calls to seek help. Thankfully, that dilemma didn’t last very long.

Young men in pickup trucks started pulling off the road to come to our assistance. Within minutes, there were six pickups along the road, including one with the rope necessary to pull the car out of the yard.

 
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