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Columns

  • A moment in the midst of real greatness

    I was in the midst of greatness last month. There is no question about that.

    Sports writing pays my bills and over the years I have been in venues ranging from quirky old high school gyms to locker rooms in the National Footall League and Major League Baseball.

    I have talked with the latest hot shot high school player all the way up to Hall of Famers.

    I’ve even gotten some chances to interview entertainers, politicians and business people. I’ve talked with those content to make a name locally and those who are known around the world.

  • Digging down to words’ roots

    As a gardener, I’m very familiar with roots. As a writer, I’m very familiar with words. I thought I’d put the two together this week and look into the origins of some of the phrases we use or hear regularly. That’s a bit unusual for a gardening column and you may think me “mad as a hatter” for doing it.

  • New host confirmed for emerald ash borer

    On Oct. 14, the USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) at the Smithsonian confirmed the partial adult and larval specimens recovered from a white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) as emerald ash borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire). EAB larvae and a partial adult specimen were collected from four white fringetrees up to 20 miles distant from one another in the Dayton, Ohio area. Also present in the infested material were D-shaped exit holes and fully developed galleries identical to those caused by EAB.

  • Program will teach 10 signs of Alzheimer’s

    What is typical of aging and what might be a sign of problems with memory? The University of Kentucky is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present “Know the 10 Signs” across Kentucky. Anderson County Extension will sponsor two programs next month on Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. and again on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Please call the Extension Office at 502-839-7271 to reserve a spot for this free educational program.

  • Put pumpkins to other good uses

    Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins. It’s that time of year when we see them everywhere. Take advantage of the leftovers after this weekend and you’ll find a whole host of things to do with them. Since I’m all about learning interesting, though sometimes useless, facts let’s start with a little history.

  • Beef producers call for Nov. 20 referendum

    Kentucky beef producers have called for a referendum to support the advancement of beef promotion in Kentucky by collecting an additional $1 per head sold.

    The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, as the certified entity, made an application to the Kentucky Board of Agriculture requesting a referendum to further beef promotion in Kentucky. The Kentucky Board of Agriculture approved the request and a referendum date of Nov. 20 has been set.

  • Venison is tasty fresh, canned or dried

    Venison adds variety to meals. When properly handled in the field and at home, it’s tasty and less expensive than other meats.

    It can be eaten fresh or preserved for use throughout the year. It can be frozen as steaks, roasts or sausage or preserved by canning or drying.

  • Keep pesticides safely stored this winter

    Generally, manufacturers recommend a two-year storage period for pesticides. However, storage times vary with active ingredient, formulation, type of container, and storage conditions.

    Get the most out of carry-over products by carefully reading the storage and disposal section of each label for pesticides that you store over the winter.

    Proper pesticide storage

    Proper pesticide storage keeps people safe and preserves your investment. Buy carefully to avoid having large volumes of products to store from one season to another.

  • A lesson learned in being prepared

    Tiller saved the farm. It started out as a typical evening. I came home, fed the dogs, loaded and started the dishwasher and then went out and dug sweet potatoes. I came in about dusk, changed into my lounge pajamas, loaded a DVD and ate a bowl of chili. That’s when Tiller started talking.

  • Teen’s friends can have positive, negative impact

    The teenage years can be rough on teens and parents, as young people strive for independence and parents learn how and when to let go.

    One of the most common stresses teens feel is influence from their friends. While teens want to be independent, they also seek acceptance and advice from their friends.

    As children move from middle elementary into pre-teen years, they begin to devote more time to their friends than their family members.