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Columns

  • Looking for a tree? Live or fresh cut?

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    So which type of tree reflects your holiday-style? Do you get a fresh cut, artificial or container-grown? Or do you just go out-of-town and let someone else do the decorating? All are certainly acceptable but there are different rules that apply to each.

    Obviously, the artificial ilk has few restrictions but there are some things to remember if you get a fresh cut or container-grown tree for planting after the holidays.

  • This spuds for you

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    Recently, Leonna and I were driving to Troy. It was a cold day and there was some highway work going on. Up ahead, a worker held one of those signs that says “Slow” on one side and “Stop” on the other.

    We were lucky and caught the slow side and lowering our speed, continued on our way.

  • On the road to Christmas

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Thursday is the feast of St. Barbara, a martyr killed in the third or fourth century for her conversion to Christianity. By tradition, she was killed by her own father, who was then struck down by lightning and killed on the spot. That’s why St. Barbara was the patroness of people who worked around gunpowder or who served in the artillery.

  • Profiteering pharma, blind-eyed insurance companies elevate overdose problems

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    The link between rising medical costs can be narrowly focused on big medicine and insurance. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are akin to the stereotypical gutter-dwelling drug pushers hocking their illicit products on street corners. Under the guise of “try it, it’s free,” major pharma companies peddle their life-prolonging products  – whose side effects often cause other complications years down the road – with the promise of big gains.

  • Winter Checklist: Part II

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    This the second in a two-part column.

     

    Years ago, I made the mistake of leaving the water pump in the barn instead of storing it in the basement. Well, I found out why Daddy always stored it in the basement during the cold days of winter. When I got the pump out to do some irrigation the following summer, the primer tank had split right open.

  • Wiche’s winter checklist: Part I

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    There are many gardening tasks that must be done or are better done in the fall of the year. Things like cleaning up old plant material; fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas.

    These chores are all a part of garden maintenance and taking care of them now will improve the quality of your garden later. Here’s a checklist to remind you of what needs to be done to get the garden ready for winter.

  • A thumb’s-up experience

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Editor’s Note: This column was first published in 2003.

     

    A man named Bill climbed into my car a couple of Saturdays ago. He was about 30, tall and lanky, carried a backpack and sported a short beard. Bill was hitchhiking, thumbing his way from Bloomington to English. I happened to be moving in the same direction.

  • Trees grown from seed need to mimic nature

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

               

    Some plants are prolific; some are not. Dandelion seed floats through the air and disperses far and wide in spring or summer; hundreds of tiny seeds burst from the spent blooms of cleome as a sphinx moth feeds at dusk; and you can just walk past some hairy cress and millions of seed burst forth from the draft! 

  • A game of life in ‘Spoons’

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    “You’ve got to keep one eye on your hand and the other on the table,” the voice across from me said. Pretty simple strategy, in theory, when trying to win at a game of Spoons, that is until you actually try to do it. A  novice to the game, yet desperately not wanting to finish last, the sage advice proved to be more difficult than advertised, especially as light-hearted conversations and jokes added another key element of distraction.

  • Veterans Day, beyond the service

    Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr

    Adjunct General of Indiana

     

    Millions of veterans have served in America’s wars, including World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Thousands of active and reserve troops currently serve in war on terrorism, and many more have served during times of peace and in non-combat roles all over the world. Their service and sacrifice is fundamental to securing the freedoms we all enjoy.