Fall means it’s time for pumpkin picking and carving

All of us enjoy going to the pumpkin patch for the perfect carving pumpkin. I was hooked after my grandfather took me to his pumpkin patch in the “back 40.” The trip would start with a walk to the barn, where we would get...

Were we told Ebola wouldn’t get here?

Q: As Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said recently: Weren’t we told Ebola would never reach the United States? A: No. Ebola fears here rose as early as April 2 with a false report of a case in Canada. Stephan Monroe, spokesman for...

Smokey Bear began as singed black bear cub

Capitan, New Mexico, is at the heart of a special story that began in 1950 and resonates yet today. On May 4, a fire, believed to have been caused by a discarded cigarette, started the Los Tablos blaze in the Lincoln National Forest....

‘Pigweed on steroids’ reaches area

Be on the lookout for a new troublesome weed, Palmer amaranth. Amaranthus palmeri is a member of the pigweed family, but it is much more difficult to control than our redroot pigweed. Palmer amaranth adapts quickly to new environments...

Who is housed at Oakwoods prison?

Q: Does the Oakwood Correctional Facility in Lima still house inmates with serious mental health issues, or has it been converted into a general prison? Once, only the insane went to Oakwood. — Edwin Burkett, Findlay. A:...

Ginseng isn’t as exotic as you think

We’ve seen ginseng advertised in health food stores, tea in grocery aisles and as a natural aphrodisiac for those who, well, need one. Often portrayed as nature’s gift from the once-mysterious Orient, its allure has placed...

Wheat planting: Details important

Wheat is one of the few crops planted in the fall in our area. Farmers have two seasons to successfully grow wheat, the fall and the spring. Farmers have to consider five important fall management practices to produce high-yielding and...

How many Iraqi ‘card’ leaders were caught?

Q: During the second Gulf War, the U.S. issued a deck of 55 playing cards with the most-wanted Iraqis on them. How many were captured or killed? — Mark Donaldson, Findlay. A: About 10 are unaccounted for. Keep a sharp eye out...
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