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Columns

  • Bagworms on the move

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Who among us is guilty of not noticing something until it’s too late? Yes, all of a sudden there is nothing left of your blue spruce or arborvitae. Bagworms have been munching on the needles for weeks and we wonder how it all happened.  Well, they are at work right now so go outside and take inventory of your evergreens because that’s what the bagworm likes the most. Now is the time they do their damage unless we put a stop to it.

  • There is crying in baseball ... and spit-up too

    Eric Harris

    Guest Columnist

     

    Before my daughter was born, whenever I saw people with a baby in a non-baby setting like a movie theater (I’ve been at an R-rated movie and heard a baby crying, which is insane) or a professional baseball game, I would think, “Why would you do that? Find a sitter!”

    Now that I’m a parent, I understand why I saw babies at events like that: you cannot allow a baby to make you a shut-in, and you can’t pass your baby off to someone else every time you want to do something fun.

  • Harvest vegetables daily for continued garden productivity

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    One day missed in the vegetable garden can mean a big harvest, literally.  All of a sudden, or so it seems, your zucchini is the size of a torpedo and beans are bulging beneath the pod. 

    Some vegetables need attention daily; others can be picked every couple of days. Summer squash and zucchini definitely need to be checked each day because their growth rate is rather fast. 

  • School supply memories

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Our coverage this year of United Way’s Stuff the Bus brought back memories for me of school supplies and the first day of school. It’s funny how those images, perhaps seared into brain cells by excitement, apprehension and dread, are so easily recalled each year as we witness others doing what we did so many years ago. This column about school supplies was first written a decade ago and may stir your own back-to-school days memories.

  • Constitutional due process a basic right Jake Bethel

    Feature Writer

    lifestyles@perry countynews.com

     

    A new Justice Department directive would reverse Obama administration restrictions on forfeiture policy, effectively giving local law enforcement the right to seize money and property when the owner of said property is simply suspected of a crime, not necessarily charged or convicted.

    Many Republicans in Congress are up in arms about the measure, their comments generally raising the sentiment that this action could violate innocent Americans’ Fifth and Fourth Amendment rights.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming, a smart movie in the series

    Eric Harris

    Film Critic

     

    Spider-Man has always been a comic book character I’ve been lukewarm towards. The wise-cracking friendly neighborhood Spider-Man just never seemed as cool to me as Wolverine or other more violent and dark heroes. Despite that, I liked the first “Spider-Man” movies with Tobey Maguire directed by Sam Raimi (the third was my least favorite, but I don’t hate it like many other fans do). I don’t consider them sacred or anything, but they set the standard for what a comic book movie could be.

  • Harvest vegetables daily for continued productivity

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    One day missed in the vegetable garden can mean a big harvest, literally.  All of a sudden, or so it seems, your zucchini is the size of a torpedo and beans are bulging beneath the pod.

  • Preparing for Schweizer Fest

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    The 2017 Schweizer Fest, Aug. 9-13, is just around the corner. It’s my favorite week in Tell City and has been since I was a kid.

    Mid- to late-summer weeks are a busy time for many of us with vacations, back-to-school preparations and, for many, just completed 4-H fairs. However, Schweizer Fest is the county’s largest festival and nearly all of us take part in it one way or another.

  • The joys of creature comforts

    Stuart Cassidy

    Guest Columnist

     

    Progress is a double-edged sword. While we might hate paying the costs – especially when it comes to the use of our hard-earned dollars – we benefit from the results.

  • Summer = bonus time

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

    I try to get up extra early at least a couple of days a week, especially during summer. Sadly, summer is already in decline and we’re in the Dog Days, traditionally the period of time from mid-July to mid-August. I already miss the few minutes of sunlight lost since the summer solstice in June. But the days are still plenty long.