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More than a meal, more than a mile
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:26 PM

More than a meal, more than a mile

By Marsha Yeutter

Paulding County Senior Center

It amazes me when people call the Paulding County Senior Center for assistance and when I explain to them the services that we provide I hear, “I didn’t know you did all that.” I try hard to have community outreach and networking so our information is always available. I hope this column will help someone who needs to know.

Succulents to grow inside and out
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:25 PM

By Kylee Baumle

You may have heard it said that all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. The world of succulents is so diverse that even if you don't like cacti, there’s sure to be a succulent you do.

In order to be called a succulent, a plant has to store more than the average amount of water in its tissues. This allows it to survive in hot and dry locations for long periods without rain or supplemental watering.

Generally, succulents have a very architectural form, which in addition to low care, adds to their appeal for many people. In fact, succulents have been known to capture the attention of even non-gardeners due to their varied shapes, colors and other quirky characteristics.

My new friend in wings
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:55 AM

By Jim Langham

It’s been nearly two weeks ago now that I became aware of a brand new friend. He may have actually been there sooner, but he caught my eye the day he greeted me with a song and dance that was graceful and beautiful as any I’ve ever seen in nature.

Ronnie Redwing, who “poses” as a red-winged blackbird, has quickly become the gatekeeper to the famous trail that I enjoy so much when I walk in the Limberlost Loblolly. It’s a restored wetland just south of Geneva, Ind., developed in honor of famed naturalist writer, Gene Stratton-Porter.

A "foodie" bucket list
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:55 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

I have always been a foodie. I like to eat, read recipes, try different ingredients and love to cook. Cooking methods that I use today are somewhat different than what my mama and grandma used. Grandma would tend to fry up good old greasy ham, fried potatoes, bacon and pork chops. One special dish she cooked was red kidney beans and cream style corn mixed together. She called it kali-kamash. To some foodies this combination may sound strange, but actually it is quite delicious. I know also that when she made a salad, it was usually head lettuce chopped up with a homemade mayonnaise dressing on it. I grew up believing that was the only kind of salad dressing that existed.

Do something
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:54 AM

Do something

By Kirk Dougal

This week we stumbled across the fun sort of item we love to find from time to time. It was a copy of Isaac Asimov’s guest column for the New York Times following his visit to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City.

Asimov - a professor of biochemistry at Boston University, noted futurist, and author of such science fiction classics as the Foundation and Robot series - was fascinated by what he saw at the event. At the height of the Cold War, the theme expressed hope with “Peace Through Understanding,” a line of thinking that also ran through most of his writings.

Signs of Asian long horned beetles
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:53 AM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

Trees in Ohio are under attack by foreign invaders. The Asian longhorned beetle was accidentally introduced to the United States from Asia in 1996 and has been wreaking havoc on trees in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and now Ohio. The Asian longhorned beetle was found in Clermont County in June 2011. The beetle threatens Ohio’s $2.5 billion in standing maple timber and the $5 billion nursery industry, which employs 240,000.

Hot fun in the summertime garden
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:52 AM

By Kylee Baumle

Summer really just began four days ago, when the sun reached its most northern position for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. But it got really hot at least a week before that and the craziness that passes for weather these days continues.

When it gets like this, when I’m wishing it would rain so that I don’t have to haul the hoses all around the yard to rescue the plants that are parched by the sun and the hot winds, I start looking at my garden a little differently than I did in the freezing cold days of winter.

Mulch: weed control or soil health?
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:14 PM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

Mulch is a great weed suppressant. A nice, thick layer of mulch inhibits weeds in two important ways. First, by thoroughly covering the soil and depriving weed seeds of the light they need to germinate. Mulch prevents them from gaining a foothold in the first place. Secondly, bare dirt is the perfect place for weed seeds to land and germinate. By covering all of your bare soil with mulch, most weeds will never be able to come in to contact with the soil.

Mulch also helps retain soil moisture. This is very important to plant growth and a higher survival rate. A plant that has a constant level of adequate moisture is less likely to become stressed, which means that it will be better able to resist insects and diseases.

Black pepper is not just for the kitchen
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:13 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Sometimes as parents we look back and think, I sure wish I could relive the days when my kids were young and still in school. Of course, I have had “empty nest syndrome” for a number of years and I feel better when I think of those days back when my children were still at home.

Every mom and dad have stories to tell. We have all had escapades with our young’ns which seemed dramatic at the time, but now seem trivial. I recall one time we were in the car coming home from a shopping trip. My two daughters were in the back seat and they each had a set of pop-it beads. Does anyone remember those? The colorful beads would snap together and you could make a necklace or bracelet from them.

Snakes in the garden
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:05 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Just the thought of coming across a snake in the garden sends shivers down many people’s spines, even those who claim to love nature. As one who is not particularly bothered by them, it’s hard for me to understand the extreme reactions that some people have when they see one.

Here in Paulding County, we’re not likely to encounter venomous snakes in our gardens and by far the most common one you will see is the garter snake. Just last week, we saw one by our garage and then a few days later, another by the swimming pool. These were the first two snakes we’d seen in many years and only the third and fourth ones ever, in the 37 years we’ve lived here at Our Little Acre.