• Life of a bag worm is a drag

    Jeneen Wiche



    Like most caterpillars, bagworms are voracious eaters as they store up calories for growth, metamorphosis and reproduction. Now is the time they do the majority of their damage to evergreen trees and shrubs, so be on the lookout for activity. A large infestation can literally strip an evergreen of nearly all its needles.

  • Are America’s nursing homes failing patients?



    The Senate Special Committee on Aging has just released one of the most damning reports on the nation’s nursing homes that I’ve seen in a long time. The short document should be required reading for any family thinking of moving a relative to a nursing facility.

  • When there’s shame, free lunches aren’t the answer

    Leo Morris

    Indiana Policy Review


    I can barely keep track of all the shaming going on these days. There is fat shaming. And slut shaming. And stay-at-home-mom shaming and LGBTQ shaming and even religion shaming.

    And we have apparently become so judgmental that as soon as we feel properly chastised about one form of shaming, another one comes around.

    It’s almost impossible for me to keep up, even when so many others seem aware.

  • He left some big shoes sitting in the corner

    Mark Eisenlohr



    This week I return to regular column writing after a short hiatus of about 20 years. Or maybe it’s been 30. I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been 40 anyway.

  • Naturally combating the Spinosad and potato beetles

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    After the short heat-wave in late May the blueberries ripened like wildfire, the Colorado potato beetle larva peppered the potato patch and the cabbage worms showed up on my kale. I pick and squish and drown but so much was happening at once I needed a little assistance. As you know, I do not use chemical pesticides in the vegetable garden. I will reach for a bio-insecticide if I must, however.

  • Of rivers and ponds and sailing

    Mark Eisenlohr


    I’m fascinated by the Ohio River.

    Having spent nearly all my life located somewhere along the shores of Lake Michigan, this river thing is new to me.

    And I just can’t get enough of it.

    I’m amazed at how quick the river can rise, and then settle back down again.

    I also enjoy watching the barge traffic going up and down the river.

    I think about how much I’d like to be plying the river on a tug today, navigating the buoys and locks and dams.

  • Factors for vibrant spring blooms

    by Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    I have no complaints about plant performance this spring. It was England-like with agreeable temperatures and ample rainfall. Recent steamy days have managed to snap me back to summer-in-the-Ohio valley-reality!

  • What bird is that?

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I don’t like to think of myself as superstitious. I scoff at Friday the 13ths. I don’t worry about black cats – there’s one in New Boston that darts out in front of me at least once a week – and I don’t worry about walking under ladders, breaking mirrors or stepping on a crack that might break my saintly mother’s back.

  • Favorite springtime perennials

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    I am getting ready to do some perennial garden renovation, so I am identifying all the plants I want to dig and relocate for the project. This time of the year, two perennials really stand out for their beauty and for their no-fuss existence; Amsonia hubrichtii, or Arkansas blue star, and Baptisia australis, or false indigo.

  • Some plants just like it wet

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    There are some plants that demand good drainage: taxus, coreopsis, gaillardia and penstemon, to name a few. I have lost them all because they were poorly sited in the garden. But now that I know where water is slow to drain, I know where to plant those trees, shrubs and perennials that like wet environments.