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Plant guarantees & how they work
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:09 AM

By Kylee Baumle

Back in the spring, when you were shopping at the garden center, you might have noticed some new additions to the menu and purchased some of them. There are always new introductions, those plants that are new hybrids and always a few that are new to each particular garden center. This year was notable, in that some of the new plants were those that are rated as hardy to Zone 6, a response to the new USDA Zone Map.

I’ve said it before, that the new map places us in Zone 6, where previously we had been in Zone 5. I’ll say this again too, I’m not buying it. I’ve always been a gardener who has pushed the zone limits (like many of you) and I’ve tried growing Zone 6 plants before. It’s only one zone off, so there’s a chance, right?

Are we there yet?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:08 AM


Are we there yet?

By Bill Sherry

First of all, the phrase “Are we there yet” was not one I remember using as a child because we rarely went anywhere that was not within walking distance. I am serious. I can only remember going to Defiance and Fort Wayne one time as a boy growing up. We made a few trips each year to Van Wert, Paulding, Oakwood and Grover Hill, but most of our trips when the whole family loaded up in the car to go somewhere were short.

In fact I often threatened to walk or ride my bike rather than get in the back seat with my three little sisters, but it was important to my parents that we arrive as a big happy family. Although I never remember saying “Are we there yet,” I do remember three little sisters who almost said it in unison, sometimes more than once.

'Thers's a Kind of Hush'
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:07 AM



By Nancy Whitaker

We are surrounded by sounds in our daily life. We listen daily to clocks ticking, horns blaring, coffee machines buzzing, alarm clocks ringing, tires squealing, dogs barking, flies buzzing, sirens screaming and babies crying, just to name a few.

Now, there are some sounds that are down right irritating and then there are other sounds which are soothing, relaxing and comforting.

Some people say they can’t stand the sound of fingernails screeching over a blackboard. Some ladies (and men) find their spouse’s snoring unbearable to listen to.

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



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.”