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Columns

  • Snow always unpredictable

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Was the ground white with snow Saturday morning? It was supposed to be as a weekend winter storm took aim for our area. Yet, when it comes to snow, not much is predictable and just like every snowflake is unique from any other, every winter storm is different. A few arrive as advertised, but others surprise us unexpectedly or never show up at all.

  • Winter perennials diverse

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The garden is not bare in the winter, far from it. There is plenty of interest to delight the gardener, feed the birds, or provide shelter for a slug.

    Short of having one of those unusual winters where the temperatures drop below zero for more than a week, there are quite a few interesting herbaceous perennials that persist through winter. Design a perennial bed with them in it and you’ll always have something to enjoy.

  • Ready to quit? Make 2019 your year!

    JESSICA KINCAID

    GUEST COLUMNIST

    The new year is here, and it’s a great time for fresh starts. If you’re a tobacco user, the best thing you can do this year is to make a quit plan. Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death in Indiana.

    Making the decision to quit in 2019 can dramatically reduce your risk for life threatening diseases and even make all of your holiday meals taste better.

    Quit plans:

    Combine quit smoking strategies to keep you focused, confident, and motivated to quit.

  • Make it a year of service

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    The start of any new year brings plenty of opportunities to get involved in our communities, from volunteering your time toward a cause you find important to running for office. Even if your original New Year’s resolutions have already fallen by the wayside, there’s time to become and stay involved. You’ll be happier and we’ll all be better off.

  • The pesky pup

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

               

    In light of the AKC national dog show which just aired (won by Whiskey the whippet) I thought I’d write about our dog. He’s part Jack Russel Terrier and part Pug. My wife calls him a Jug. We got him about 6 months ago and he has more energy than the Rockport Power Plant and is as curious as Sherlock Holmes.

  • No room at the inn?

    BRETT SANDERS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    I will be glad if our troops do come home from Syria. I will be happier if they return from Afghanistan, Iraq and other foreign places as well.

    But I will truly rejoice if we give up the whole pretense of peace by perpetual war and really have a go at diplomacy, at respect for international law, and at laying the foundation for a moderate prosperity for all of our people – in a world presently threatened by massive economic inequality and by nuclear and climate extinction.

  • Thoughts on New Year’s

    Heather Powell

    Staff Writer

     

    The New Year’s holiday is officially upon us. The toasts will be made, the New Years Eve ball will be dropped and the parties will end. It’s hard to believe 2018 is over. But, as with all good things, it has come to an end and 2019 is a clean slate ready to be filled up with our stories. As we look to 2019, we should be mindful of all the things we hope to accomplish in the New Year.

  • Resolutions still matter

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com           

     

    Happy New Year’s! Though these words take shape several days before Monday night’s New Year’s Eve festivities, I find myself with feelings of anticipation and even tinges of excitement as 2019 nears. A new year is a chance at new beginnings and possibilities. 

  • Overcoming Christmas blues

    Bud Herron

    Guest Columnist

     

    I get the Christmas blues every year.

    I used to pretend I felt peace, love, joy and unfettered happiness throughout the month of December – just the way all those sermons, songs and Folger’s coffee commercials told me I should. It was mostly just an act.

  • Houseplants need special attention in winter months

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    “My houseplants look terrible” is commonly heard during the winter months. Now is the time of year that we spend more time indoors, with our houseplants; it’s also the time of the year that they look the most pathetic. Houseplants suffer indoors during the winter for various reasons. Shorter days that are often cloudy mean less light; low or no humidity in our heated homes; insects that thrive in these conditions; and bad watering habits.