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Columns

  • As summer nears, some plants savor the shade

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    It is strange, but true ... people often refer to shade as a problem.  How many times have you heard of people desperately searching for that one magic thing they can do to get grass to grow underneath a pin oak?

    Why can’t we just accept the fact that it just isn’t possible and move on to better things?

  • Learning about bees

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Want to learn more about bees? Not the birds and the bees, but real bees, the kind that pollinate our crops and produce the honey we love to slather on bread and other  tasty edibles.

    Purdue Extension Perry County and the Perry County Beekeepers organization are holding a beekeeping workshop Tuesday, May 26. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a hive-opening demonstration near Bandon.

  • Sweet potatoes need 150 days to reach maturity

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Once again, we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May, and by early November, we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods.

    Seven months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive. We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes; just in time for a transition to other summer vegetable.

  • Flying with the Thunderbird

    Don Steen

    Staff Writer

    reporter@spencer countyjournal.com

     

    “Poyekhali” is probably not something you’d expect to run through your mind at 6 a.m., unless you had just pulled an all-nighter cramming for a Cold War history test.

  • Transparency needed when it comes to student loans

    U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly

    Guest Columnist

     

    A college education is important for many Hoosiers to secure good-paying jobs in today’s competitive economy.  Student loans help enable thousands of Hoosiers access to a quality college education that would otherwise be out of reach.

    Nearly one million Indiana students have federal student loans, and according to the Institute for College Access and Success, Hoosiers in the Class of 2013 graduated with an average of $28,466 in debt.

  • In the legislative homestretch at last

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, as you know, a lot can happen before the horses cross the finish line. Like any race, the Kentucky Derby is very comparable to the legislative session, and we are officially in the homestretch.

  • Ohio’s ‘Little Perry County’

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I received a nice letter recently from Don Bouillon of Fostoria, Ohio, who thanked me for an Easter column about the late Brother Rene Bouillon OSB.

    Brother Rene, a cousin to Don Bouillon, was an assistant at St. John Chrysostom Church in New Boston during my childhood and teenage years. The column was about serving Mass for Brother Rene during Holy Week.

  • We must embrace our history

    Don Steen

    Staff Writer

    reporter@spencercounty journal.com

     

    I recently had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Father Cyprian Davis at St. Meinrad Archabbey about his experiences in Selma, Ala., and the civil-rights movement as a whole.

  • Options bound when it comes to French green beans

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I have loved green beans ever since I grew Tenderette in the fifth grade for my 4-H project at Simpsonville Elementary. 

    Now, I primarily grow the filet types of green beans, or what many call French beans or haricots verts (green bean in French). Why the European designation? Benjamin Watson explains, “Americans prefer those varieties of snap beans that remain stringless for a long time on the bush or remain fresh in the refrigerator for a long time after picking.

  • Lost and found in the Hoosier National Forest

    Vicki Gullang-Harris

    Hoosier National Forest

     

    Spring is a wonderful time to spend outdoors. Unfortunately, for some adventurous folks who venture off trail, a day of fun exploration could turn to fear as they realize they have become lost.

    With a bit of preparation, becoming lost can be avoided. Proper planning helps ensure your safety. It will also increase your ability to deal with unexpected situations should they arise.