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Columns

  • Shed bad gardening habits in 2019

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    We all have bad habits. Some people chew their fingernails; others mow their grass too short in the summer. You can guess which one bugs me the most. The odd thing about many of the worst bad habits in the garden is that they have become so commonplace. The worst offenses are repeated everywhere to the extent that gardeners think they are the rule.

  • A visit with King Henry

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

    This column was first published in 2012.

     

    I’ve been to the tombs of plenty of famous people, presidents, kings, queens and emperors. I’ve been to the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Joyce, Edgar Alan Poe and Thomas Jefferson. I’ve stood near the tombstones and memorials of popes and princes but it was the grave of a king and queen I was thinking of Friday.

  • Helping ‘the least of these’ isn’t as hard as it may seem

     

    DAN HOPKINS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Several years ago, while going to Guatemala on a mission trip, we spent a day visiting the literal garbage dump of Guatemala City. Why would we go there, you may ask? I was shocked to find that hundreds of people actually lived there.

  • Some pre-emptive attention may prevent storm damage

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Preventative care is the buzz word when it comes to our health. So, why not the health of our trees, too? After the last ice episode and high winds, we had a few trees that were blown apart.

  • 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.