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Columns

  • A deal that would make Trump smile

    Column as I see ’em …

    I sure am glad to report that the industrial park on U.S. 127 appears to be finally getting some action.

    When the Economic Development Authority bought that lot, I wrote at the time that I’d be shocked if it didn’t already have a potential business in mind that would be moved in within months.

    I sure was wrong about that because it has taken closer to a year and half.

  • 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.

  • Brother’s success in Boston Marathon not measured in miles

     

    All my life, my brother has always cheered me on from the sidelines in cross country and track, swimming and skiing, basketball and softball.

    On Monday, I got to return the favor — as he tore through the streets from Hopkinton to Boston in the 120th running of the Boston Marathon.

  • Punishment won’t fit crime against starved-to-death dog

    Column as I see ’em …
    I’ve seen worse things while doing this job, but not many that have made me as angry as I was while watching the blanketed body of a dead dog be removed from a back yard Monday afternoon on Ripy Street.
    I admit I was already fuming after the dog’s owner, according to a police report, admitted that he tied up the small, short-haired, sickly dog two weeks earlier because it was pooping on his floors, then simply let it die of starvation and dehydration.

  • 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.