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Today's Opinions

  • Watch for spider mites on vegetables

    As we move into the summer, keep in mind that hot and dry conditions can lead to some specific pest problems.

    Two-spotted spider mite is a common pest of many vegetable crops during prolonged hot and dry periods.

    This pest rapidly builds up in numbers during these conditions, and some pesticides used to control insect pests may reduce natural enemies that help to keep populations below economic levels.

  • Make asparagus a tasty part of your summer menu

    The flavors of summer are here. Asparagus is on sale, fruit is delicious, the farmers markets are open. There are plenty of places to go in Lawrenceburg for farm-fresh produce. Check out the old train depot on 127, they are chock full. This week’s weather is perfect for grilling and chilling and I have the perfect recipes for you.

    Charred citrus asparagus

    1 1/2 lbs. fresh asparagus, trimmed

    2 Tablespoons skin-on almonds

    4 cloves of garlic, chopped

    1 sprig oregano

    1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • Why you can’t cross the road for chicken

    Column as I see ’em …

    “Why in the heck can’t I cross over the median in front of Bojangle’s?” I asked myself soon after the chicken joint opened a few weeks ago.

    I would imagine you’ve asked yourself the same, so I snooped around for some answers this week, fully reminding myself that no matter what, I’d refrain making any idiotic chicken-crossing-the-road jokes in the meantime.

  • Enjoying summer flowers, starry nights

    It’s summer. I love our warmest season and we get three whole months of it. From todays Summer Solstice until the Autumnal Equinox in September, these are the longest and warmest days of the year. Surely we can find some time to just sit and enjoy Mother Nature each day or night.

    Admiring the beauty of flowers is pleasurable, but knowing a little something about them is even cooler. There are lots of books and online sources that will give you the history of specific flowers, as well as the facts and myths associated with them.

  • Striving to make Kentucky work ready
  • Don’t let spider mites ruin this summer’s vegetable garden
  • Grandmother reminds us to not forget the love

    Loyal readers of the food column:

    I apologize for not providing an article for close to a month. I have been saying goodbye to an amazing woman, 700 miles away.

    My grandmother Irene passed away last week at 96 years old. She was the matriarch of our family and will be missed terribly. In true Irish stubbornness, she fought hard for weeks to stay with those she loved. I spent a great deal of time with her growing up, so it was fitting to be there at the end. Surrounded by her eight children, we shared stories, memories and of course recipes.

  • Throw $20s on road, not your trash

    To the editor:

    I have lived in the town of Lawrenceburg for 53 years and have seen many changes. We have gone from Bill Black’s lakeside restaurant to a booming town of hamburger, pizza, chicken, Mexican and Chinese places.

    Recently, we had a new Bojangle’s open. No one told me that they were open yet … I didn’t have it on the radio, nor did I see it on television or in the newspaper.

    All I had to do was drive up and down the road or try to mow someone’s yard or deliver their mail.