• Summer blooming trees

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


  • Be on guard against stinging caterpillars

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    This time of the year I am on the lookout for a variety of masterfully camouflaged stinging caterpillars. The very first time I saw one, it turned into a game: I took Andy down to the Parrotia tree and said “can you find the caterpillar?”

    He never did because this caterpillar looked exactly like the scorched edge of a leaf that would be a result of a long hot summer.

  • School-supply memories

    Our coverage of each year’s United Way’s Stuff the Bus and other back-to-school supply projects brought back memories for me of school supplies and the first day of school.

    It’s funny how those images, perhaps seared into brain cells by excitement, apprehension and dread, are so easily recalled each year as we witness others doing what we did so many years ago. This column about school supplies was first written a decade ago and may stir your own back-to-school days memories.

  • Believe in the new age of print

    Eric Whittaker

    Feature Writer


    Sometimes we hear or read reports heralding the end of the age of print. A blasphemous statement for those of us in the news industry. Years ago, former national-security adviser and secretary of state Henry Kissinger claimed it was the end of the age of religion. While tradition has given way to more modern concepts, that was an overstatement. Now the age of print is claimed to have ended and replaced by our present digital age.

  • Curing onion, garlic and potatoes

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Potatoes, garlic and onions are staples worldwide partly because of their versatility and partly because of their storage-ability.

  • Warding off pepper blight

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    About 45 years ago, a fungus was discovered in pepper crops in New York and since, it has spread as far as California and Florida. It’s in our midst, as well. The fungus in question causes phytophthora blight in peppers. Some refer to the sudden wilting of peppers as damping off, phytophthora root rot, crown rot or stem and fruit rot. Clearly the fungus impacts the entire plant.

  • Pathways to success

    Byron Ernest

    Guest Columnist


    A high school diploma no longer is the finish line – it’s now the starting line. Job growth and trends over the past 10 years have shown about 95 percent of jobs require some education after high school.

  • My hay days are over

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Some people know they’re getting older and out of shape when they can’t hit the golf ball as far or as straight as they once did, or when once-comfortable pants no longer fit with as much ease.

    For me, the realization of my age and less-than-ideal physical condition comes with knowing I’m too out of shape to do some farm chores, including picking up hay.

  • 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.