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Columns

  • Bonfire ups and downs

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    As  I’ve written a few times over the years, my friends accused me of borderline paganism when I spend one night  a year around a bonfire for Walpurgis Night, or Walpurgisnacht in German. Last Monday marked the Walpurgisnacht. My bonfire was pretty modest. Well, it was downright small but it still served its purpose.

    Past bonfires have been more substantial and more fun.

  • Job search ups and downs

    Eric Whittaker

    Staff Writer

     

    Before being hired by Perry County News, I spent some time negotiating the abyss of unemployment for longer than I care to talk about. Alright … it was for two years … I mean, if I don’t talk about it, I won’t have much of a journalist’s column. I’ve been working here for a couple months – yes, times flies when you’re having fun – refining the trade skills I’ve attained through university and college education.

  • Springtime digging

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It seemed I was always a bit of an entrepreneur as a kid. My brothers and I never received a regular allowance as work on the farm was considered part of everyday life. So, when I wasn’t picking up bales of hay on our farm, I was hiring myself for the day to nearby farmers.

  • The always pretty peony

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    One of the prettiest flowers in the garden is getting ready to bloom. This great cut-leaf Japanese peony, Paeonia tenuifolia, opens its simple ruby-colored petals to reveal bright yellow stamen. The finely cut foliage, reminiscent of the most finely cut foliage of a Japanese maple, allows the plant to be interesting in the mixed border the rest of the growing season, as well.

  • From the mailbag ...

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    At least once a week I receive a letter, note or clipping about an issue readers have an opinion on. We happily print letters to the editor on a wide variety of subjects (and welcome more), but among the letters I receive for publication are those that are either unsigned or signed but whose authors don’t want them to be published.

  • Rebuilding rural infrastructure

    Michael Dora

    Guest Columnist

     

    Some people remember when many rural households didn’t have electricity or running water. Although those days are long gone for most, there’s still lots of room for improvement. In fact, our American infrastructure used to be the envy of the world, but now it’s in disrepair.

  • Slow start, cool spring

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I want to say spring has sprung, but it hasn’t landed. I have 215 Freedom Ranger chicks coming in the mail next week and I want warm-not just sort of warm-for the new 2-legged arrivals. My lettuces, potatoes, onions and kale are fine (they will actually thrive in these conditions) but I need warm before I can even think of putting a tomato, bean or cucumber out in the garden.

  • Friends past and present

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Hubert Kleaving died April 7. His obituary appeared in Thursday’s issue. He was a longtime friend of my family and was good friends with my dad. The Kleaving farm isn’t exactly next door but lies just a few hills and valleys away.

  • Growing up with the Web

    Don Steen

    Staff Writer

     

    reporter@spencer countyjournal.com

    My generation, the “millennial” cohort born between 1981 and 1996, are often the talk of the day among pundits. For a time, any mention was usually coupled with accusations of laziness or the cold-blooded murder of various industries, for which we apparently showed insufficient loyalty or wealth to support.

  • Longing for spring

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s not that I’m a big hater of winter, but I’ve already had more than enough late-season snow and chill. Yes, it’s time for spring, temperatures in the 70s and 80s and the sound of lawnmowers and garden tillers, not snow shovels.