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Spring’s only seven Wednesdays away

By Cheryl Steenerson

Are you getting the itch? Join the crowd.

February is almost here and seeds will soon hit the dirt. It doesn’t matter that the dirt is in pots.

Whether you want to be the first on the block to harvest or you just want to lower your grocery bill ASAP, you can get a head start by starting from seeds or cuttings.

If you brought some plants inside to overwinter then you can start some cuttings now in pots. Good potting soil and sharp scissors are a good start. A rooting compound is helpful but not essential.


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COLUMN - Tinctures, poultices have worked as cures for centuries

By Cheryl Steenerson

I’m so glad we live in Kentucky — it’s a whole lot colder in other places.

I can’t even imagine 42 degrees below zero, like it was in Minnesota. On the bright side, kids up there have a great time throwing water up into the air and watching it freeze and come down like little diamonds. Give me my wood stove, hot chocolate and a book and I can get along just fine, all day, inside.


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COLUMN - Everything I do, I do for you

By Shannon Brock

One of the questions people — everyone from third-graders to those holding doctorate degrees — most often ask me is “How did you get into this? How did you end up in journalism?”

I always answer them honestly, but it occurred to me as I was placing subscriptions to Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Glamour that I might never have answered that question for you, my wonderful, faithful readers. (You’ll see why that magazine part was important in just a second.)


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COLUMN - Meet my buddy, Jack

By Ben Carlson

Times being what they are, it’s a fair bet that most of us (if we are willing to be honest) would be quick to pocket a lottery ticket we found on the floor — and the cash it produced were it a winner.

After all, what are you going to do with a found lottery ticket? Go around asking people if it belongs to them?

Not everyone thinks that way, especially Jack Patel, a man I’m proud to say is a friend who is as honest as the day is long.


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No excuses on boil water letdown

By The Staff

The lead letter to the editor on this page speaks poorly of city officials and The Anderson News.

Frankly, each of us has failed in our missions: the city by not using all available resources to notify the public of a potential health problem; the paper by not effectively doing its job to find out about those problems and let you know.

Rest assured that will not continue to happen on the newspaper’s part and, hopefully, the city’s.


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Getting a 'Wii' bit more fit

By Shannon Brock

Exercise and video games are two things I’ve never really been able to get in to.

I know that exercising for the sake of exercising is something that everyone should do, but I’ve never been able to continuously, on some sort of schedule make myself exercise just because it’s good for me. Back in high school, I did plenty of exercise disguised in the form of cheerleading practice, but that was because it was exercise in disguise. I had to do it or be a bad cheerleader, and the latter just wasn’t going to happen.


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Taking back my Sundays

By Shannon Brock

Well, folks, the Fantasy Football season is over, and despite my top-notch first half of the season, my team — the Flying Reporters — finished a mediocre fourth place right behind (you guessed it) my husband in third.

I guess that’s what I get for gloating.

Still, for a rookie team, the FRs had a good run, and just because the fantasy season is over doesn’t mean the real season is. Eight teams remain in the playoffs and I’m certainly looking forward to the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.


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Letters to the editor

By The Staff

Septic system regulation is flawed

To the editor:

The Anderson County Board of Health Regulation 2004-01a is flawed. It does not address the stated problem that spawned its creation; namely, “that failing septic systems contribute considerable amounts of pollution to groundwater.” How is a failing septic system related to pumping a properly functioning septic tank every three years? The board’s solution equates with treating a broken leg by splinting the sound leg and ignoring the leg with the fractured bone.


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New year, new catalogues, choices aplenty

By Cheryl Steenerson

Happy New Year! The new seed catalogues are here.

Those of us addicted to gardening were getting pretty antsy for a fix. I got a chance to read through three of my new catalogues and I’m thrilled with the selections.

Many of you may not start things from seed. Perhaps you don’t grow a big enough garden. Many of you grow just a few things in containers. Seeds are still a great way to start your garden when you want.

We all know that we have a lot of winter yet to go before we turn that first shovel. It’s hard to wait.


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Meet the goat that got my goat

By Ben Carlson

The carpet on the stairs between my laundry room and living room looks like a dog tore it to shreds.

That’s because one did.

The screen on my back door looks as if cats have been climbing it.

That’s because they have.

The gaping hole in the drywall in my bathroom looks as if children took a hammer to it.

That’s because they did — to free their pet ferret from the wall.


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