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Columns

  • Snow brings back ice cream memories; recipes included

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    Winter storm Jonas, which gained the name “Snowzilla,” caused much hardship for many as it swept across the Midwest to the east coast.

    No storm is a good thing, but for some it has its perks, especially if it drops just a few inches of fresh, white stuff in your area.

  • Amending soil for garden preparation

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The rules on amending soil have changed over the years. Part of the change relates to the fact that good soil is hard to come by in new developments where enormous earth moving equipment is used to level trees and land. This equipment not only removes valuable topsoil, it also compacts the subsoil and kills much of the living organisms that make up a healthy soil system.

  • Biosecurity: It’s about more than the bird flu

    Sara Dzimianski

    Purdue Extension

     

    The avian influenza outbreak in Dubois County has brought the word “biosecurity” into our daily news. What is biosecurity? Webster’s dictionary defines biosecurity as security from exposure to harmful biological agents or measures taken to ensure this security.

    While biosecurity is generally thought of in terms of preventing animal disease outbreaks, it is broader than livestock. Even home gardeners need to be aware of biosecurity precautions they should take.

  • 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.