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Lessons from the garden
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:35 PM

By Kylee Baumle

One of the things I love most about gardening is that I’ll never ever in a million years know everything there is to know about it. (And I’m not exaggerating.) For the perpetually curious, gardening has an infinite number of lessons to be learned.

Sure, you may master the basics over time, but then Mother Nature throws you for a loop. Last winter, anyone? And it’s a big, wide world out there with something new and amazing around every corner.

My garden taught me some things this spring and I’m betting yours did too. I’m trying to be a good student by taking notes so I don’t forget what I learned.

Every name is a story
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:34 PM


By Jim Langham

As I walked the track at the Relay for Life a week ago, I found myself reading the names, and in some cases, messages, on the luminary candle bags surrounding the track. The more I read, the more it hit me that every name I was reading represented some kind of a story.

Some names represented those who have passed on because of cancer. Others represented families who have, or are, going through cancer struggles. Still others are tributes and salutes to survivors who have battled the disease and others say, “thank you,” to caretakers who have set themselves aside for the lives of the suffering.

Creatures at the nature center
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:34 PM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

Many wonderful creatures can be seen at the nature center park and grounds. Snapping turtles  are very visible if careful attention is given. Large specimens may weigh more than 35 pounds. Though they are very abundant they are not seen as frequently as most other turtles. From May

Too many chiefs?
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:33 PM


Too many chiefs?

By Nancy Whitaker

As I think of my grandma and grandpa, I just wonder what they would think of the world today. The streets where they lived and walked, the houses they lived in and everyone they may have known are gone. Would they embrace cell phones, computers, Netflix and cable TV?

I know they would be surprised at the price of gas, a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread. They would be amazed at the new high schools, the technicality of the ways of farming and the informality of what people wear to church.


What do you believe?
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:32 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Are you skeptical or do you believe everything you read and hear? I believe I am gullible because I tend to believe in things like UFOs, crop circles, Big Foot and chupacabras. I believe in wishing on a star, not stepping on sidewalk cracks, not walking under ladders and that if a black cat crosses your path it means ... “bad luck.”

Public schools outperform charter schools
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:31 PM

Public schools outperform charter schools although the playing field is uneven

By Brian Gerber

Superintendent, Western Buckeye ESC

One of the most ridiculous expansions of governmental interference into education has been the increase in tax

dollars that our leaders in Columbus have sent to support charter schools. Data shows that a majority of these schools are failing miserably. Public schools have consistently outperformed charter schools for years. But our governor supports choice even though the charter school choice is failing in the areas of accountability and academic performance.

The truth about those gardening myths
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:28 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Gardening hasn’t been left out when it comes to old wives’ tales. While much advice that we get from our parents and grandparents is invaluable and has been passed down with love, it can be disappointing to find out that some of it just isn’t true.

We replaced a tree last week and the main trunk of the new weeping European beech seemed to need some support. It’s a young tree and the trunk is quite flexible. It can be very windy this time of year so we staked it with a bamboo pole to help stabilize it.

Poison ivy: An itchy situation
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:27 PM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

I never know who truly reads these articles. Apparently my youngest daughter does. She asked me to write an article on poison ivy. She is the child I nicknamed “bug” and to this day she still carries that same name. She has always been the child who gets sunburn, bites, and even rashes. So, Lauren, this article is for you.

Most people would not know that toxicodendron radicans, is commonly known as poison ivy. This North American plant is well known for its production of urushiol, a clear liquid compound found within the sap of the plant that causes an itching irritation and sometimes painful rash in most people who touch it. The plant is not a true ivy. Poison ivy can be found growing in any of the following forms, as a trailing vine, as a shrub, as a climbing vine that grows on trees or some other support.

Stories behind the walls
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:26 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

One thing I notice while traveling or riding in a car are houses. I see old houses, new houses, big houses and little houses. I gaze out the window at brick, stucco and wooden homes. Now being like I am, I always wonder who lives there, are they happy, do they have children, and just what type of stories can the walls in that house tell?

Why immunize?
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:26 PM

Why immunize?

By Bill Edwards, BS RS

Paulding County Health Department

Why immunize our children? Sometimes we are confused by the messages in the media. First we are assured that, thanks to vaccines, some diseases are almost gone from the U.S. But we are also warned to immunize our children, ourselves as adults, and the elderly.

Diseases are becoming rare due to vaccinations. It's true, some diseases (like polio and diphtheria) are becoming very rare in the U.S. Of course, they are becoming rare largely because we have been vaccinating against them. But it is still reasonable to ask whether it's really worthwhile to keep vaccinating.