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Columns

  • Deflecting blame: you, your father and your grandfather’s game

    Jake Bethel

    Staff Writer

     

    Generational categorization, otherwise known as a stereotype, seems to be gaining a foothold in national discourse. Millennials (the ages 18-34 group to which I belong) are consistently under attack on social media and in person for being “special snowflakes,” and for receiving participation trophies.

  • Is it spring yet?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I received my first garden catalog in the mail. Can winter’s end be far off? I know we’re still in the middle of winter with weeks of cold and potential snow.

    Either the holidays or the cold has left me sleepy. Maybe the lack of sunlight is to blame for my missing energy.

    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.

  • Winter gardening restores in many ways

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    There is something about working in the garden on a sunny winter day:  it clears debris from both the perennial bed and the gardener’s head. There is clarity to the winter landscape that is quite different than any other season. 

    On a clear day, the sky is a true blue, you can see all the birds flitting about the leafless trees. 

  • What’s in a road name?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    “So what’s up with Unicorn Road? Did someone really think they saw a unicorn there?”

    So asked a friend a few months ago as he looked over a county map.  He was staying near Derby and had already run across Utopia Road.

    “I bet everyone there is happy,” he laughed.

  • Favorites of last year’s reading season

     

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Yes, I have a reading season, and each year the season gets a little longer as I reject television and radio listening more and more. The current state of our news cycle has helped push me back into books, and this year I came across four titles that I particularly liked because they deepened my understanding of food and farming.

     

    “First Bite: How We Learn to Eat”

     

  • It’s been a good long ride

    Jack Pate

    Guest Columnist

     

    My father was fond of the saying, “he didn’t lick it off the grass, he came by it honestly,” and so it is that I came to spend the last 34-1/2 years as a fourth-generation newspaperman. It was in my genes, hence I didn’t lick it off the grass. My great-grandfather actually hauled a printing press by covered wagon from Tennessee to Oklahoma in the 1800s.

  • An ode to the Battle of New Orleans

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    On Jan. 8, an anniversary in American history will arrive. On that date in 1815, the final act of the Battle of New Orleans occurred. That battle made Andrew Jackson a national hero and thrust him toward the presidency.

  • Why do phantom memories seem so real?

    Jake Bethel

    Feature Writer

     

    Dozens of blockbuster movies release every year, but only one in very many have a line quite as iconic as the first “Star Wars” movie, “A New Hope.” You may remember it as “Luke, I am your father,” but upon review of the dialogue in this scene, James Earl Jones as Darth Vader actually said “No, I am your father.”

  • High hopes for 2017

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Though these words took shape the day before Christmas Eve, I find myself with feelings of anticipation and even tinges of excitement as 2017 nears.

  • Developing agreements for the Hoosier National Forest

    December’s Hoosier National Highlights article was written by Marjorie Tweedale, grants management specialist for the U.S. Forest Service.

     

    As a Grants Management Specialist for the Southern Tier Zone in Region 9, I work with the Wayne (Ohio) and Hoosier National Forests and the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois on many different types of agreements.