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Columns

  • 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? 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • All that’s fit to print .. and more

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    I was looking at a website the other day that has a link to every newspaper in the United States. That’s a lot of news, so I thought I’d click on a few of the sites to see what kind of local news was happening at other towns in our country; and boy did it prove interesting.

  • Sunday bingo jitters

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Life is a lot like a Sunday afternoon of bingo. Sooner or later everybody’s number is bound to come up.

    Bingo comes into my life only once a year. Every July my home church, St. John Chrysostom in New Boston, throws its picnic. And like just about every church picnic everywhere, bingo is on the schedule.

  • The amazing but underappreciated toad

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Earlier this season, as we worked on prepping and planting, we were curious about all the small holes we saw in the ground around the vegetable garden.

    Then it occurred to me one day when I saw several toads about that these were toad holes! And, now it seems, that everywhere I step in the yard, vegetable garden and perennial beds there is a toad under foot. They manage to jump out of harm’s way (from a rapidly approaching foot or spade) just in time.