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Safety risks on roads
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:06 AM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist

Paulding SWCD

Many farmers are behind schedule and they travel from field to field at all hours of the day to catch up and hopefully finish by Thanksgiving. So, motorists constantly see flashing lights and dust covered machinery in front of them or in passing and in going around a combine or tractor. When you are too close to a big piece of machinery it is awfully hard for the driver of the machinery to see you behind him, so give him some space.

 
Midwest’s crops could be key to world survival
Thursday, October 24, 2013 3:46 PM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist, Paulding SWCD

As I thumbed through articles, clips and random notes, thinking of something to write about, I stumbled onto this article that I felt that was interest to the general public. Here it goes:

“Why is the U.S. State Department concerned with the way Midwesterners farm their land? Answer, agriculture intersects with domestic and foreign trade policies, global food security and climate change in major ways. In addition, today’s farmers will soon face the challenges of creating a sustainable agriculture system as the world population grows from seven billion to nine billion in the next 40 years.

 
Celebrating the role of newspapers in protecting free speech
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 5:17 PM

Celebrating the role of newspapers in protecting free speech

Free Speech Week Oct. 21-17

 

Guest Column By Caroline Little, president and CEO, National Newspaper Association of America

Where would we be as a nation without the freedom of speech?

After all, according to the annual State of the First Amendment survey, it is by far America’s favorite freedom and our most important right. In that survey, 47 percent voted for free speech, compared to 10 percent for the next closest right, freedom of religion. It is only appropriate that we dedicate a week to celebrating free speech.

 
Plants do the strangest things - Part II
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 2:15 PM

By Kylee Baumle

When I last left you, we were amazed at the powers of the tomato to call in reinforcements to deal with those tomato worms and the beans were feeding the soil. But just wait, there’s more. More fascinating stuff going on right under your nose.

Speaking of noses, several years ago I was away on a trip when I got a phone call from my husband. He told me there was a strange smell in our utility room that he just couldn’t put his finger on. We have inside cats, so that’s where he initially placed the blame, but he couldn’t find any kitty-related evidence.

He, then, came to the conclusion that there must be a dead mouse or other little animal inside one of the walls or between the floors and he was going to take apart the suspended ceiling in the basement room below it to investigate.

 
Just enjoy the ride
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 2:13 PM

 

JUST ENJOY THE RIDE

By Nancy Whitaker

It seems as if our whole world is in a hurry. We hurry to go to work and then we are in a hurry to get home. When we get home, we rush to cook dinner, do the dishes, feed the dog and take out the trash.

I have decided that I must be one of the slower moving people in the world, because I am never in a big hurry to go to or to get anywhere. In fact, I hate to hurry.

I know I frustrate people, because it takes me forever to get ready to go anyplace. Men can jump in the shower, dry off, get dressed and comb their hair within 15 minutes. It takes me that long just to decide if I want to take a bath or a shower.

 
Shutting down?
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 3:00 PM

 

Shutting down?

In My Opinion By Joe Shouse

I don’t know how you feel about the government shut down, but I am tired of hearing about it. I suppose by the time this gets in the paper it could be all over. Fortunately I am not so sure it has affected me all that much. Time will tell. However, I was thinking of some shut downs that would immediately affect me if they took place.

 
'Some day you'll understand'
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:59 PM

By Jim Langham

She calls me “Booger,” and laughs the moment I walk into the room.

“Grandpa’s funny,” she said last weekend as we sat in the backseat together on our way to a lunch on Saturday. Of course, we had just broken a rice cake together, our own little special, “breaking of the bread.”

The joy of hearing her say, “I like Grandpa’s food,” was a moment of ecstasy, an epiphany of the heart as three generations of memories converged on my mind at the same time. I recalled how I used to stand beside my Grandpa Langham’s pipe stand in Woodburn and threaten to stick my hand down into it.

“Oh, you don’t want to do that,” he would say. “There’s alligators down there.”

 
Good news or bad?
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:58 PM

GOOD NEWS OR BAD?

By Nancy Whitaker

Everyone should get a little good news, not just today, but every day. Sometimes the news and headlines make us feel insecure, sad, out of touch and even depressed.

I am constantly listening to and reading news reports. Making the news this week was the government shutdown, shootings, plane crashes, automobile wrecks, rapes and murder, just to name a few.

Bad things happen to good people everyday. I have recently heard someone say, “I don’t even watch news reports, because it is always bad.” However, there is good news out there. Here are a few good things that happened recently.

 
Plants do the strangest things
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:57 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Plants are like people. They come in all shapes and sizes and colors and while they all share some basic similarities, their personalities are just as diverse. There are plants that make the world a better place for their fellow rootmates just by being in it and there are those that, well, frankly, the world could probably do without.

Poison ivy, for example. We all know what its claim to fame is and that fact alone is enough for me to vote it off the island. In all fairness though, it’s a vine that helps prevent erosion and its berries provide food for wildlife. But there are plenty of other plants that do those things and could take up the slack if poison ivy were to disappear forever. Good riddance, I say!

 
'The Sounds of Silence'
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:59 PM

'The Sounds of Silence'

By Jim Langham

The tune of the oldie, “The Sounds of Silence,” is playing in the back of my mind as I think about the unexpected gift that continues to grow within as I walk on trails in area reserves and rustic quiet spots.

Especially on Sunday afternoons, the Black Swamp Reserve has become a refuge from the ensuing stresses around me and God’s creatures seem to agree. One evening as I pulled into the parking lot, two beautiful female deer were standing in the parking lot.

Surprisingly, rather than breaking away from me, they stood and eyed me over as though they were greeting me to a balm of quietness in the midst of a busy world.

On that particular evening, wild gold asters lined the path surrounding quiet ponds as a relaxed egret seemingly turned the body of water into its own nature spa.

 
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