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Columns

  • Take a class at Green Thumb University

    Spring snows are so funny. No one runs out for milk and bread. It just sort of appears in the air, always making us feel colder.
    I checked the Old Farmer’s Almanac and it was off by a week. Looking into April and beyond, I don’t see the word snow mentioned again, but “wet and cool” gets a lot of ink.

  • Send Easter egg hunt photos to the News

    I found the Easter egg nestled among clean clothes in my laundry basket.
    Not on Easter morning.
    Weeks later.
    An eight-hour drive later, after I was already back in my off-campus apartment in Seward, Neb.
    After I finally decided to put my clothes away because that’s what adults do after they’ve finished using their parents’ washer and dryer.
    Never fear; the egg contained individually wrapped candy, not a hardboiled center quick to stink and hasty to rot.

  • Singing tree frogs a sure sign of spring

    The tree frogs are out and those boys sure can sing.
    I love to listen to them but the other night it was wild. I have been taking hikes around the farm every day with the dogs and one night they were so loud I actually had to shout at the dogs so they could hear me.
    They always make me smile, though, because they’re the harbingers of spring.

  • Know warning signs of dating violence

    I don’t know that dating violence in Anderson County is much different than anywhere else in the state.
    It’s usually somewhere under the radar for parents, school administrators and church leaders.
    We just don’t talk about it. Kentucky is one of the few states that doesn’t allow the dating relationship to qualify for a protective order.

  • Raised beds prevent gardening problems

    Minute by minute and hour by hour, we keep getting more sunlight every day.
    I love it and even though we fell back an hour, I just feel like I have a little more time to do things. Only one more week to go and spring will officially be here. Yea, is all I can say. Another growing season is about to begin.
    As someone who has been getting a lot of mud on her muck boots, it’s hard to even imagine a drought right now. I’ve been squishing and slipping all over the place while walking the farm with the dogs. It’s an evening ritual, now.

  • Canning a great way to preserve meat

    Canning meat is included in the food preservation workshop that I will be teaching April 13.
    Tommy Yankey, Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, will be teaching gardening basics during this first session April 13.
    The meat will be processing while we learn about gardening.
    I can meat because I’m a tent camper. There’s only so long fresh meat will keep in a cooler. I get tired of canned chili, tuna and salmon.

  • Questions answered on vehicle taxes, license plates

    Can I find out the amount that I paid last year in vehicle taxes?
    Before you call our office, look at your current registration receipt. The tax information is printed on it. If for some reason you don’t have it the registered owner (name on the title) can obtain this information.
    Our office doesn’t give out tax information over the phone due to the personal nature of the information and the lack of a way to verify the identification of the registered owner.

  • Spring moving in on us very quickly

    Coming home from work and still having daylight is such a treat. The new norm is taking the dogs for a walk right after I get home.
    It sure works the kinks out and we all love it.
    We’ve been rambling all over the farm, looking for signs of wildlife and keeping an eye on everything showing new life.
    Inside the orchard fence, the hardy kiwi look like they are ready to form up buds. My cherry tree is budding and so is a peach and pear.
    The phlox is greening up and my roses are putting on new growth.

  • Create safety plans for severe weather

    March 2 was the first anniversary of the devastating tornadoes that struck Kentucky last year. Governor Steve Beshear has declared March to be Severe Weather Awareness Month. If you are prepared ahead of time for severe weather, then you won’t be as stressed when the tornado sirens sound.

  • Detection is key to colorectal cancer

    March is Colorectal Awareness Month, providing an opportunity nationwide to promote awareness of colorectal cancer prevention by early detection.
    Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is treatable and preventable, although colorectal cancer is a common and lethal disease. In the United States, there are approximately 150,000 new cases diagnosed a year.