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Columns

  • Enjoy day at the beach right here at home

    I just spent seven days in one of my favorite places on earth, the beach.

    I have always been a lover of sun and water but the older I get I appreciate fresh seafood more and more.

    Besides building sand castles, riding boogie boards and waking up early with my little ones to watch the sun rise over the ocean, one of my favorite things to do is to go to the fish market every day and get their latest catch.

  • As usual, mom was right

    I am convinced that there is no worse feeling than when your local gas station clerk looks at you with pity and informs you that your card was declined because you only have $2 left in your bank account.

    I stood there dumbfounded, mentally calculating all my recent purchases. There was no way I could have spent that much money in two days.

  • Now’s the time to check plant health

    Mother Nature sure has been generous with the rain. Of course, there are pros and cons to everything. The bugs have been snacking on my flowers big time, and every time I think about spraying a repellent or sulphur on the leaves, rain comes.

    My roses are having a really tough time with both insects and black spot. If black spot is just beginning to show itself, spray with a mixture of 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of vegetable or horticultural oil in a gallon of water and spray the entire plant.

  • Know when to treat for pesky weevil

    Yellow poplar weevils, also known as sassafras or magnolia weevils, are small black beetles that damage yellow poplar, sassafras, and magnolia. A distinct snout projecting from the front of the head occasionally causes them to be mistaken for ticks.

    Feeding damage

    Adults leave distinctive pockmark-type feeding pits in leaves that resemble curved rice grains in size and shape. Intense feeding may cause much of the leaf to turn brown. This insect occasionally becomes abundant enough to cause visible injury.

  • What’s in a name? Misnomer treats still taste sweet

    They’re not balls and they’re not cakes. They’re actually cookies. Exquisite, melt in your mouth little cookies. And they are so very easy to make.

    This cookie originated in Mexico. Known as biscochitos in Mexico, the ingredients are ground nuts, flour, butter, and sugar. Once baked, the cookies are either rolled in balls or formed into a crescent shape and then rolled in powdered sugar.

    The ingredients are almost identical to Russian Tea Cakes. This cookie recipe didn’t start appearing in US cookbooks until the mid 1950s.

  • Squash is yet another gift of summer

    Summer squash are staples in Kentucky gardens and at local farmers markets. Their versatility makes them easy to prepare for tasty summer meals and side dishes. Two of the more popular varieties include yellow squash and zucchini.

    Squash are fleshy vegetables protected by a hard rind. They belong to the plant family that includes melons and cucumbers. The skin and rind of summer squash are rich in the nutrient beta-carotene, but the fleshy portion of this vegetable is not. To gain the full nutritional benefits of this vegetable, the skins or rinds must be eaten.

  • Do you have your water bag up yet?

    Happy July.If there was ever a contest for most bountiful month, this one is it. Even better, today is the first of two full moons this month. Today is the Full Buck Moon, so named because this is the time of year that bucks grow new antlers. However, it is also known as the Full Thunder Moon, because of the frequency of thunderstorms during the month.

  • Retirement for some old friends at ACE

    I would like to congratulate Jerry Shaw and Ann Asbury on their retirement from the Anderson County Adult Learning Center. I have enjoyed working with them for many years and I consider them both dear friends.

    I worked with Ann the longest. After working in banking for 18 years, I changed jobs in 1998 and became a math tutor and worked as Ann’s instructional assistant under LaVerne Brumley. Over the years Ann has taught me a great deal about teaching, organizing, and always remembering to log student progress in their file.

  • Chrisman will live on as The Trooper

    If you travel down Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort you will soon find yourself face-to-face with the new Kentucky State Police Academy, and while this impressive former prison is a sight to behold; if you take a quick walk of the grounds and steer your steps to the center of the compound, you will find The Trooper.

    He stands 10-feet-tall and his bronze uniform gleams in the sunlight. He rests upon a small platform that reads ‘For all that serve and those who gave all.’

  • Chrisman’s legacy won’t be forgotten

    Fluttering hearts and tight throats were common Monday when Lawrenceburg and the entire state of Kentucky paid homage to Kentucky State Trooper Eric Chrisman. He had died in the line of duty six days before.