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Columns

  • Don’t forget to celebrate Earth Day this year

    You all know I’m a weeny when it comes to cold weather, so this wonderful warmth has me playing outside with all living things. Earth Day is this Friday and I sure hope you’ll all do something special to commemorate the day.

    Old hippie that I am, I remember the first one. I was a freshman in high school and already wearing a headband and bell bottoms. War and anti-war demonstrators filled the nightly news. Peace and love were the chanted slogans of those unhappy with the direction of government.

  • Warm, rainy days bring on termite season

    Springtime brings warmer temperatures and more abundant rainfall, and it’s typically when many winged termites emerge inside homes and other structures. Termites swarm from their colony to disburse, fall to the ground, find mates and start new colonies in the soil.

    Through May, you might see swarms of winged termites, called swarmers, inside your home, signaling an infestation that can cause extensive and costly damage. Since swarmers are attracted to light, you often see them or their shed wings around windows, doors and light fixtures.

  • Perennials deliver every year

    April is traditionally a fickle month, but this year it’s like Mother Nature is trying to be all things to all people, all at once. April showers, traditionally enough, bring to mind rainbows and to me, rainbows are always uplifting. But did you know that there was a rainbow flower? I bet you did, and just didn’t know it.

  • Questions and answers as primary nears

    As we near the May 17 primary election, I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone of important dates and times.
    We have had several inquiries regarding registering to vote, making a party change and other election related questions.
    According to state law, changing your party affiliation now will cause you to be ineligible to vote in the primary.
    Mail-in ballots are being sent out daily. Call our office to request an application.

  • Are you ready for ticks? If not, they sure are ready for you

    Lone star ticks and American dog ticks are the key species in Kentucky with regards to nuisance and disease potential. Lone star adults and nymphs that survived winter are hungry.
    These fast moving ticks will react quickly to CO2, movement and odor of potential hosts.

    Lone star ticks

  • Don’t let the weather keep you from grilling

    Although the weather didn’t seem very spring-like over the weekend, I didn’t let that stop me from cooking like it was. So I headed to the store and got some stuff for yummy burgers to throw on the grill and I knew it wouldn’t be complete without something sweet.
    Since chocolate pie is one of my husband’s favorites, I decided I would break my “no dessert” rule for the weekend and indulge a little.

  • Salsa, dips are easy light alternatives

    My favorite thing to keep in the fridge around spring and summer time are dips and salsas. They are full of color, vibrant flavor, light, and perfect for every occasion. They are also incredibly easy to prepare, they can be paired with so many different foods, and they’re the perfect appetizer.

  • Not the type of eggs you want

    Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) eggs, which were laid last June, are hatching just as leaf buds are swelling on wild cherry trees.
    Newly hatched eggs are easy to identify by the small holes that the tiny larvae chew as they make their exit.  The small caterpillars will stay near their egg mass for a short time before moving to feed on expanding leaves.
    Eggs will continue to hatch through early April; caterpillars will be active for the next four to five weeks

  • Sneak more fruit, veggies into your diet

    Kentuckians need more fruits and vegetables on our plate daily.
    I teach healthy eating principles to preschoolers, families and seniors.
    There are many people from all age groups who do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. If we did eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables along with lean meat and dairy products which includes low-fat or fat-free milk, then we would not be as hungry for empty calorie foods and snacks.

  • For Republican caucus, solving public pension woes is No. 1 priority

    As the 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly comes to a close, I have been hard at work in Frankfort fighting for a fiscally responsible budget and moving priority pieces of legislation on to the governor’s desk.