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Columns

  • Preserve your family traditions

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    My visit three years ago to the Tempel farm just outside of Dale brought back plenty of memories from childhood. Each year, more than 50 members of that family gathered to butcher hogs. Other neighbors plan to butcher hogs in a few weeks. I hope to watch and maybe help a bit.

  • Film revisits the ‘Great War’

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    The flickering of the silver screen has a way of mobilizing ideas into action for viewers. This came to fruition for myself this past weekend while watching “They Shall Not Grow Old,” a World War I documentary so well done that it’s a feature film.

    A compilation of century-old silent war archives that made it home from the front lines of The Western Front, the decaying film was remastered, colorized and put to sound.

  • Hold your noses ... skunks are on the move

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    It is that time of year again and I am reminded because of the smell and road kill left behind. Plus, a strong scent of skunk has been lingering this past week.

    We used to get them circling the house on winter evenings but our livestock guardian dogs’ presence has kept them at bay the last few years. Their presence is not surprising, however, because it is mating season for skunks and they are on the move!

  • Valentine’s Day jitters

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Valentine’s Day was one of those holidays that gave sweaty palms to 1970s third-graders. Back then, it was custom for every student to give each classmate a valentine. That might still be the practice. I should ask my nephews.

  • ‘First Reformed’ among the best films of past year

    Eric Harris

    Film Critic

     

    I always have trouble coming up with my top 10 list, and this year has been worse than ever. It’s not that there weren’t plenty of great movies (there were), but nothing stood out far and above for me this year. Usually, I can count on one clear favorite movie of the year, but that’s not the case this year.

  • On the magic-brick road

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    In case you haven’t heard, the “Wizard of Oz” is 80 years old and is being re-released in some theaters. The timeless tale of ruby slippers, Munchkins and good and bad witches was drawing its first fans eight decades ago.

    In Tell City, the movie was set to premiere at the Ohio Theatre. The local papers then heralded the film’s star power, including Judy Garland as Dorothy, and its vivid color.

  • Reporters and honest government

    Michael Hicks

    Guest Columnist

     

    The past few weeks have contained more reports of newspaper downsizing at metro daily papers in Indiana. This news involved some of our state’s largest daily print publications, but it is a familiar story affecting papers large and small in the age of the internet.

  • What makes an orchid an orchid?

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Have you ever wondered what makes an orchid an orchid? Well, it is all about flower parts. In fact, most plants are categorized in the Plant Kingdom by their flowers.

    For orchids, it is the fact that they have three sepals and three petals. Many flowers have green sepals that protect the flower inside and then cradles it as it opens.

  • Editor’s unearthed treasures

    Bob Zaltsberg

    Guest Columnist

     

    The day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after taking off, the story started out near the bottom of the front page of The Herald-Telephone. That’s where it had been placed when it was assumed the shuttle flight would be launched without problems late the morning of Jan. 28, 1986.

  • Love is in the air

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I spied – and smelled – the first dead skunk of the year one morning last week. There will, no doubt, be others.