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Take the politics and politicians out of education
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:36 PM

By Brian Gerber

Superintendent, Western Buckeye ESC

Educators should drive educational policy, not politicians. Education in America has been under constant attack since politicians started to drive educational policy in this country. Every decision governing education is made with political agendas in the forefront. How many of these politicians are putting students above their own political advanced agendas. I bet the percentage is fairly high.

Palmer amaranth management tips
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:52 PM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

Palmer amaranth is one of the most dangerous weeds for Ohio agriculture. It is one of the fastest spreading weeds that is trying to get a foothold in the corn belt. It can spread quickly unless stopped in its tracks. Check out the following facts:

Palmer amaranth is an annual broad leaf and is related to other amaranth species like pigweed, waterhemp and redroot.

It grows faster than other pigweed species and can grow 2-3 inches per day. Some studies have reported it can reduce corn and soybean yields by 70-80 percent, if not controlled.

Summertime tomato talk
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:50 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Midsummer has arrived, and with it, the beginning of the harvest of true summer fruits and vegetables. These edibles love the hot weather and won’t bolt like those early bird fans of cool spring would.

If there’s one vegetable that nearly every gardener grows, it’s the tomato. That’s not to say that everyone loves tomatoes though. I know this will be shocking to many of you, but I’m not a fan of a ripe, juicy, fresh tomato from the garden.

I also know that my distaste for fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes is looked upon as a character flaw, but I have to tell you that I simply do not care. That, of course, means more fresh tomatoes for the rest of you!

‘Enjoy the heat!’
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:48 PM

By Bill Sherry

It’s just beginning, the season we call summer and in my opinion it will be cold again all too soon. I remember a song by Nat King Cole that was played over and over in my youth that went something like this, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” The song ended with the line, “You’ll wish that summer could always be here.”

I found it hard to believe a few days ago I heard a comment, “I sure do wish it would cool down, I’m tired of all this hot weather.” I’m sure it was just a couple of months ago that we were wondering if we would get enough warm weather to melt the huge piles of snow in the parking lots and the drifts along 127 that were higher than my car. Well not everyone has had enough summer so bring on the heat and humidity, my opinion is that, I enjoy my air conditioned office, car, home, shopping centers, restaurants and yes even my church. So roll out those hot, hazy days of summer.

It seems to me that some people just need to complain. I think that some people would complain no matter what the weather situation; because this is something we can complain about and know deep down inside that there is nothing we can do about it except complain.

Today's bounty experienced through the stained hands of yesterday
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 7:15 PM

By Jim Langham

Who would think that a 66-year-old man would take a picture of his hand when it’s stained purple from eating mulberries.

For me, it wakes up the little boy within who used to run to the neighbors during mulberry season for a tasty treat. The picture of the purple hands is a reminder of those days when I ran through mulberries bare-footed and frustrated my mother with purple feet, purple hands and mulberry stains on my clothes!

Farmers beware of Palmer amaranth
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 7:14 PM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

A fast growing super weed that has destroyed soybean and cotton fields in southern states is popping up in Ohio. Alarming researchers and agriculture groups who fear its spread the weed is called “Palmer amaranth” and commonly used herbicides such as Roundup have no effect on this weed.

Sights and smells in the night garden
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 7:12 PM

By Kylee Baumle

This is the time during summer that I most enjoy in the garden. The nights are deliciously warm and the days are warmer. Not only does it feel good, but I often go on walkabout through the garden because it looks good.

This year’s rains have kept things lush and green without too much effort required by me and my garden hoses as in recent past summers. Two years ago at this time, we were dealing with the aftermath of the derecho and record high temperatures, with little rain.

Down to my last cent
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:28 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

The time has come for me to retire my pen and paper, so this is the final Penny for Your Thoughts column. Let me say this, it has been pure joy writing this column and especially getting the positive feedback I have received from the readers.

Without going into detail, I will just say that many factors played into my decision.

Since I have been writing this column, I tried to present a column that addressed different situations that you may want to know about and just didn’t ask. The past and how things used to be were an important part of Pennies and it was so much fun to go back and remember little things that happened and how life used to be.

Th magic of intergenerational connections
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:27 PM

By Jim Langham

There was a lady in the small village where I was raised by the name of Sadie Snow. Sadie was one of my grandmother’s best friends. By the time I met her as a young child, she was nearly 90-years old. She lived in the family home on the next corner down from us. She kept “hardtack candy” in Ball jars and when my grandma and I walked down to visit her, she always told me that I could have as much candy as I could grab in one handful.

As small as my hands were at that young age, it was amazing how many pieces of candy they could pull out of that special jar as Sadie and Grandma laughed at my efforts.

These days, I occasionally visit Sadie’s grave in a cemetery named after her family, the Snow Cemetery. But I look at her life in a different perspective.

First PEDV vaccine licensed by USDA
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:26 PM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service has issued a conditional license to Harrisvaccines, Inc. of Ames for a vaccine that may aid in the control of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in swine.

This is the first licensed vaccine for PEDV. It will be used to vaccinate sows with the intent that they build antibody, and transmit that antibody through their milk to newborn piglets. It is intended to protect the piglets against PEDV.