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  • How to tell if Congress is finally working again

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress

     

    There have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again. They’ve talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separate appropriation bills rather than using omnibus bills, and letting committees lead on legislation rather than hoarding all power in the leadership offices.

  • Legendary groundhog forecasts questionable

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    If you have a coin in your pocket, you have a predictor of spring about the equal of the groundhog, which is looked upon for a forecast each Feb. 2.

    Around my place Feb. 2 is a special day. It’s the day Punxsutawney Phil and his pals are pulled from their den to determine if they see their shadow, and it’s also my wife, Phyllis’ birthday.

  • The story of the saint behind Valentine’s Day

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I suspect most of you have no idea about the person and the saintly episode that is commemorated each Feb. 14, by friends, family and most importantly, lovers. In fact, there are several versions of how the most romantic saint became a commercial success. 

    One story about St. Valentine has its origins in third century Rome where the Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young single men because he valued them more as young warriors.

  • Ashes to ashes

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Although it’s hard to believe, Lent is just about here and while not everyone’s religious tradition observes the 40-day period before Easter, I suspect most people at least acknowledge its arrival.

    Easter, and Lent, arrive early this year. Ash Wednesday arrives next Wednesday, Feb. 10. Easter Sunday is March 27.

  • 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.