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Columns

  • The return of deer-hunting season

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    Guest Columnist

     

    Saturday, Nov. 18, marks the beginning of deer-hunting season for licensed firearms hunters in Indiana.

  • Holiday greenery has some forgotten symbolism

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today.

    Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and northern Europeans when certain plants were chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.

  • Help others enjoy the holidays

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    With the approach of Thanksgiving, many of us are preparing to give thanks for what we have and to the chagrin of many, the Christmas season is already in full swing. From now until the New Year, most of us will all celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

    Presents will be exchanged and many meals will be served to show our appreciation. But not everyone is fortunate enough to have as much as others.

  • Teaching our children to be grateful givers

    Tami Silverman

    Indiana Youth Institute

     

    It’s the time of year when many of us plan big family meals, decorate our homes and start holiday shopping. At the same time, we have all heard the phrase “it’s better to give than to receive.”

    Yet, amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, how do we teach our children to go beyond consumerism to focus on gratitude and the needs of others?

  • Saving for higher education

    Erin Houchin

    State Sen. District 47

     

    Planning for children to receive a college degree can seem like a daunting task, and I understand that firsthand as the mother of three young kids. Over the last several years, we have seen what seems like annual increases in the costs of higher education.

  • Winter strawberry bed care

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    If you want strawberries from your garden next season, you should do a little mulching now in order to protect the buds that have already been set. These buds were set back in August, in fact. 

    The weather was decent at the time so it should be a good year for the berries; as long as they make it through the winter unscathed.

  • The skunk under the steps

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I have a skunk living, or at least visiting regularly, underneath the concrete steps leading to my house in New Boston. The animal, which is large and has more white on it than most skunks I see,  hasn’t caused any real issues thus far, other than scaring me twice and causing me anxiety every time I walk to the house.

  • The darkest days of daylight saving time

    Dave Bangert

    Guest Columnist

     

    This column by Dave Bangert, a columnist for the Lafayette Journal and Courier, appeared last Wednesday, ahead of Sunday morning’s end of Daylight Saving Time.

     

    Oh, the joys of the first day back to school after an extended fall break.

  • Veterans Day

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    November 11th is Veterans Day. It is set aside to honor men and women who have served in the military. It was originally a day to honor the end of World War One.

    Fighting in that war formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. After the war the United States observed what was called Armistice Day. 

  • Deer in love vs. the trees we love

    By Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener