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Columns

  • Do you have diabetes?

    BRENDA HAGEDORN

    PURDUE EXTENSION

     

    Do you have Type 2 diabetes or care for someone who does? Would you like to learn more about your disease and how to reduce your health risks? If so, Purdue Extension has a great program for you.

    Purdue Extension-Perry County will offer Dining with Diabetes beginning Feb. 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Extension Office at 65 Park Ave. in Tell City.

    Other sessions will be held on Feb. 15, 22 and 29. A follow-up session will be held in early May.

  • Stressed? Pop the angst away on Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

    news@perry countynews.com

     

    Mark your calendars. Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Why? you might ask. Well, Why not? Playing with the unintended toy to break up the monotonicity of the day is a time honored tradition for many – from toddlers to the elderly. Just admit it, when you get a package containing the little pods of joy, you just can’t resist the urge to give a squeeze to hear that heart-warming pop.

  • Moonshine then and now

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Kathy and Mike Finley provided the above photo of Perry and Spencer County moonshiners who were arrested in October 1927. The men were photographed standing in front of their “paddy wagon.” A few look pretty defiant despite their arrests, especially the fellow puffing a cigar.

  • Snow, deicing agents and plants

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Up until recently our mild winter has seen little snow. Snow has an insulating effect which is particularly useful when we have frigid temperatures; otherwise it can be a joy to snow lovers and a nuisance to those who would rather be “snow birds.”

  • Another forest pest looms

    Editor’s Note: This article was written by Chris Thornton, a Hoosier National Forest silviculturist.

     

    As I write this, if I look closely, I can see the start of woodpeckers attacking ash trees as they feast on emerald ash borer larvae chewing away under the bark. We should see woodpecker damage from their feeding on this pest over the winter as the beetle has moved across the southern part of the state, infesting trees in its wake.

  • State superintendent of public instruction addresses ISTEP concerns

    Glenda Ritz

    Superintendent ofPublic Instruction

     

    As you know, 2015 ISTEP results were recently released. The Spring 2015 version of ISTEP measured student progress on the new college and career ready Indiana Academic Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. These standards, which were first taught during the 2014-15 school year, represent higher-level thinking skills. The results of the new ISTEP test reflect an increase in expectations regarding students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities.

  • Duck tape - the wonder tool

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    First, being upfront, I wish I owned stock in the company or companies that manufacture and sell duck tape (or is it duct tape?). However, I don’t.

    Like many folks, I use duck tape for many things, and others use if for many purposes most people would never think of. There are even websites touting the varied uses. Some are very practical. Some are just plain crazy.

  • Tackle meth demand first

    MICHAEL HICKS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Indiana’s current policy debate about methamphetamine restrictions offers a window into the myriad failures of our War on Drugs and the shallow thinking accompanies almost all our fixes. It is probably best to begin with a description of the problem.

  • Fighting the winter blahs

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Winter has left me sleepy. Maybe the lack of sunlight is to blame for my missing energy. Or perhaps it’s simply a bout of mild depression after the holidays or the cold that makes me want to stay under the covers some mornings.

    I’m not like this the rest of the year. I could fault old age or what seems to be a sense of constant exhaustion. But I blame winter.

  • As winter settles in, its either a warm fire or smoky chimney

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The fire season has finally started – in the fireplace, that is. Early winter was so mild I wasn’t sure if we would be in need of some extra warmth. Last week’s frigid temperatures changed all that and we have the wood stacked and sorted for easy access as we lay a fire for the evening.

    However, not all wood is created equal if you plan to use it for warmth in the fireplace.