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Columns

  • Satan at work here? Well, not exactly

    This past week, I had the opportunity to interview a mother with a very interesting story to tell — the ending was the most surprising of all.

    She called the news office and with a shaky voice explained that something very odd was happening around her property and her home. I could tell she was upset by the strange occurrences, and when I arrived on her doorstep early one morning to discuss her troubles, she quickly ushered me inside.

  • What works to repel mosquitoes

    With all of the wet weather over the past month, several folks have been calling complaining that they now have a mosquito problem. I have tried to answer questions about controlling mosquitoes, what repellents are effective as well as listing trade names as you attempt to purchase products. Please call our office at 839-7271 if you have additional questions.

    The Asian tiger mosquito (ATM) is a common pest around home landscapes.

  • Good deals available on garden supplies, tools

    Can you believe it’s the end of July? This month “swam” by. School starts in just two weeks and the school supplies are filling the shelves, but those aren’t the only things front and center when you walk in the door. Garden supplies are on sale now.

  • Farmers suffering from wet weather woes

    The good news is that it’s actually healthier to let your grass grow long this time of year. Experts say 3 inches is a good height. They don’t say anything about 6-12 inches. Oh, these rains.

    Typically in July, our average monthly rainfall is 4 inches. Guess it just wanted to be an overachiever this year. At least we don’t have to water the trees and shrubs to help them handle these hot July temperatures. Geez-o-pete. It’s like Mother Nature took a water pill and has to pee every 20 minutes.

  • Feeding hay? Know the facts about blister beetles

    Blister beetles are plant-feeding insects that contain cantharidin, a toxic defensive chemical that protects them from predators.

    Accidentally crushing a beetle against the skin can result in a painful blister, the source of the insect’s common name. In sufficient quantity, cantharidin in the bodies of living or dead blister beetles can be toxic, especially to horses. In some cases sheep and cattle may be affected.

    Blister beetle poisoning

  • Salads, wafers a hit during bridal shower

    This past weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting a bridal shower for my sister. I asked her beforehand if she preferred a potluck style meal or a lighter meal, consisting of salads and finger foods.

    She chose the latter, and boy did I have fun preparing the menu and the food. This week, I’d like to share with you what was served.

    Chicken Salad

    2 large chicken breasts, shredded

    Mayonnaise to suit

    1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt

    1/8 tsp. black pepper

    Several dashes of cayenne pepper

    1/2 tbsp. honey

  • Help your teenager be relationship smart

    As a parent you want your teen to make wise choices in relationships. You don’t want them to get hurt and make life-changing mistakes.

    Some mistakes are minor. Accept that teens will make mistakes in judgment. You probably did too when you were younger and no one is perfect even as an adult.

  • Non-traditional tips for bug bites

    Anybody else feel like a duck? I had over 7 inches of rain in June, and July is shaping up to be just as wet. I’ve been here 19 years and this is definitely the wettest summer yet.

    Grandma Nora would have called it “close.” The high humidity makes you feel like you’re wearing a wet towel around all day. On the plus side, I don’t need as much moisturizer.

  • Rain makes easy bedding for June beetle

    Green June beetle flight has begun across Kentucky.

    They are similar to, and at the same time different from, Japanese beetles.

    What they have in common

    Both species are good fliers and congregate in large numbers when feeding. Also, each has one generation each year and their larval stages are white grubs that develop in soil.

  • Salads, wafers a hit during bridal shower

    This past weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting a bridal shower for my sister. I asked her beforehand if she preferred a potluck style meal or a lighter meal, consisting of salads and finger foods.

    She chose the latter, and boy did I have fun preparing the menu and the food. This week, I’d like to share with you what was served.

    Chicken Salad

    2 large chicken breasts, shredded

    Mayonnaise to suit

    1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt

    1/8 tsp. black pepper

    Several dashes of cayenne pepper

    1/2 tbsp. honey