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Columns

  • Warding off pepper blight

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    About 45 years ago, a fungus was discovered in pepper crops in New York and since, it has spread as far as California and Florida. It’s in our midst, as well. The fungus in question causes phytophthora blight in peppers. Some refer to the sudden wilting of peppers as damping off, phytophthora root rot, crown rot or stem and fruit rot. Clearly the fungus impacts the entire plant.

  • Pathways to success

    Byron Ernest

    Guest Columnist

     

    A high school diploma no longer is the finish line – it’s now the starting line. Job growth and trends over the past 10 years have shown about 95 percent of jobs require some education after high school.

  • My hay days are over

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Some people know they’re getting older and out of shape when they can’t hit the golf ball as far or as straight as they once did, or when once-comfortable pants no longer fit with as much ease.

    For me, the realization of my age and less-than-ideal physical condition comes with knowing I’m too out of shape to do some farm chores, including picking up hay.

  • Not every buzz threatens a sting

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Bees are the life-blood of any successful orchard, garden and landscape where pollination is necessary for fruit. In recent years bees have found themselves in a pickle with the over-use of pesticides and a parasitic mite that have contributed to a decrease in their numbers. The thing about bees is that the aggressive behavior of a few species has given them all a bad rap.

  • Route 545’s future

    I’ve written columns about many topics but perhaps never before about a stretch of highway. So, this might be a first. My focus today? State Road 545.

  • Protecting our children

    David Niezgodski

    Indiana Senate

     

    Indiana has a part time legislature. This means that in even-numbered years, legislators convene at the Statehouse for the first four months of the year, and in odd-numbered years, we convene for only three.

    Because we are part-time and legislative needs aren’t always perfectly timed according to our schedule, the state constitution allows us to convene for what is called a “special session,” but only in the event of an emergency.

  • Digging and dividing daffodils for better blooms

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    If your daffodils didn’t bloom well this year, ask yourself these two questions: did you allow the foliage to die back naturally last summer before you cut it off and has it been eons since they were last divided? 

  • Time really does fly by

    Heather Powell

    Staff Writer

     

    I turned 30 this year and while I’ve never been one to mind the numbers going up, it has made me think about how different things are at 30 than they were when I was younger. I think time has changed the most for me.

    Summer breaks used to stretch on for eternity and nowadays I’m lucky if a month sticks around long enough for me to tie my shoes. There is so much I want to do in life but the months and years have started flying by.

  • Bullies and your vote

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    In kindergarten I watched two older kids fighting on a playground. They were maybe fourth- or fifth-graders, not big kids, but they appeared big to me.

  • Fireflies light up the night for love

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Likely as children, we all collected fireflies in a jar and took them to bed to light up our rooms on a warm summer night. I remember getting my parents to puncture the lid of a mason jar so the magical insects could breathe.

    Well, it turns out that all that light flashing was about love. So, this holiday weekend, maybe take a second look at all that firefly flashing in a different light.