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Columns

  • Fruit trees need winterizing to ensure future harvest

    As we fall through the days of October, I’m already thinking of warmer weather. Thankfully, St. Luke’s Little Summer is coming up next week and I’m hopeful for more sunshine than frost. The other Indian Summer will occur between Nov. 11 and the 20th. I’ll take all the warmth that I can get. I still have lots of outdoor chores to do.

  • Diabetic? Be ready in case of disaster

    There are some general health tips that you should remember during a disaster. These are very important in the proper care and management of your diabetes.
    Communication plan
    · Identify family meeting places within and outside the neighborhood. Include escape routes (two ways out of every room in your house).

  • Battle of Perryville steeped with historical importance

    Oct. 8 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Perryville, which ultimately led to who would control Kentucky during the Civil War.
    Kentucky, a border state, was very important to both the Union and Confederate forces. The Union victory ultimately helped persuade President Abraham Lincoln to issue his Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Winter is coming, so be prepared

    Wow, burgoo is over and October is here.
    What happened to September? I swear time speeds up the closer we get to winter.
    The 30 days each had  24 hours, but they just seemed to go by in a fraction of the time. While I’m not behind on my winter prep schedule, I do feel a certain urgency pushing me to get even more done. All because I don’t like cold, yucky weather.

  • Summer’s end brings fall, winter chores

    Well, summer is officially over. It certainly was a wild season.
    This summer was even hotter and dryer than the last. Many crops suffered, but the landscape as a whole, suffered as well. If we get any big storms, be it snow or ice, they’ll be even more limbs and trees down than usual.

  • The difference between sugar, honey

    Is honey better for you than sugar?
    Neither is considered healthy as both are sweets with no significant health benefit.
    Neither is going to harm you in the sense that one is toxic or poisonous to you while the other is not.
    Both honey and granulated sugar are occasional use foods.
    Sweeteners are found in many foods, including some that you might not suspect such as spaghetti sauce.
    The most reliable source of the nutritive value of food is USDA Home and Garden Bulletin- The Nutritive Value of Food. You can find it on-line.

  • As fall approaches, so does apple harvest

    As our garden harvests wind down there is another crop just getting into full swing. In today’s world, with grocery stores stocking their produce isles with almost everything all year round, it’s difficult to know when the real seasons occur. So let me announce right now to one and all, it’s apple season.

  • Background offered on school district’s long range plan

    The Anderson County Board of Education recently approved a draft of the proposed Anderson County Schools long range plan (LRP) that guides and prioritizes possible building and facility improvements within the district for the next four years.
    The Kentucky Educational Reform Act mandated that districts develop a LRP every four years in order to provide equitable education opportunities for all students within the school district and across the state. 702 KAR 1:001, a Kentucky Administrative Regulation, creates implementation guidelines for the district’s LRP.

  • Time to consider what to grow indoors

    Fall begins Saturday but those of you with allergies already knew that because your nose knows.
    I really feel for those who suffer because you just can’t escape the air. You can take a tablespoon of honey every day to help drastically reduce your suffering.
    Eating local honey builds up your tolerance to everything blowing in the wind. It takes four to six weeks to kick in, so you better start soon if you want any relief in October.

  • Tips for preparing next year’s garden, trees

    I'm sorry. Apparently, all we needed to end the drought was for me to put in a hose spigot at the bottom of the hill.
    The years of hauling water in gallon jugs up and down the hill, from plant to plant to plant is over. Can't say I'll miss it, though it did wonders for my biceps.
    Just as I'm ready to turn on the hose, Mother Nature steps in to supply all I need. Well, at least I'm ready for next year.