Sometimes memories are the sweetest gift of all

It was between Thanksgiving and Christmas in the mid ’80s, a time of frantic shopping and desperate planning. I was the Hancock County game protector and my work was typical for the season: checking small-game hunters out...

Keep toxic products out of pets’ reach

Veterinary medicine offers Ohio State University Extension information for pets as well as livestock. The Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center reminds pet owners that holidays can be a dangerous time for dogs and cats. Foods that we...

Where can I call for the time?

Q: The telephone for Findlay’s time and temperature, 419-422-8121, is not being answered. Is there another number to call? — Brenda Pagal, Dianne Bordoh, Findlay. A: Good news: Fifth-Third Bank’s...

Duck Stamp Act is a win for wetlands and wildlife

The U.S. Senate has passed the Duck Stamp Act of 2014, a major win for wetlands and wildlife. This conservation legislation increases the cost of the federal duck stamp from $15 to $25, and now awaits President Barack Obama’s...

Drainage important for area soils

National Soil Day was Friday and, for many of us, the day passed without any thought of what soils do for us. Modern conveniences make it easy to forget about the basics of life. The early pioneers of Hancock County were keenly aware...

When do passports need to be renewed?

Q: My daughter was recently denied boarding on a flight to the Philippines because her passport was to expire in five months instead of the required six months or longer. Whose rule is that and what is the reason? She had a return...

Elyria family offers different look at hunting, fishing

One popular reality television program centers on duck calls, long beards and eccentricity. But, it’s more about entertainment than the reality of our hunting and fishing heritage. The Reaser family, from Elyria, are offering a...

Know your conifers: Local farms offer variety of Christmas trees

Christmas tree farms are another type of agriculture that thrives in Ohio’s fertile soils. They provide income on fewer acres of land than the larger grain or livestock farms. Christmas tree farms are an example of sustainable...
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