Engineers’ horn toots required

Q: Most train engineers seem to use the same sequence when they sound their locomotives’ horns through our towns: Long, long, short, long. Is this required? A: Yes. The Federal Railroad Administration requires two long, one...

Birds abound in Hancock County for spring count

Nearly 40 members of the Hancock County Naturalists conducted their annual spring bird count on May 10, tallying the birds they saw and heard. They recorded 145 species and 6,554 individual birds, both above average. American robins...

Corn plant growth is complicated, and so many things can go wrong

Corn planting continues this week as fields dry out. Over half of the corn acres in our region have already been planted. Under optimal conditions, the seed will germinate and emerge in five to 10 days. The corn seed requires proper...

Wolves biggest concern for settlers

Q: “Just Ask” on April 28 listed the animals that settlers found here. What was the worst to them? A: Settler Job Chamberlin explained: “The wolf was the most troublesome of all the wild animals. It was almost...

Guess ‘who who’ is making a comeback in Ohio?

The monkey-like face of the barn owl was once a common sight. As many farms shifted focus from livestock to row crops, the owl’s hayfield hunting grounds shrank and the old barns they called home were falling to more efficient...

Don’t bring the bedbugs home

Unwary travelers may inadvertently bring bedbugs back home if they are not careful. We generally hear about them in major cities, but the problem has been increasing in northwestern Ohio. The best defense against bedbugs is to keep...

Will mural be preserved?

Q: Are there plans to preserve the mural at the Hancock County War Memorial at Main and Center streets, Findlay? It’s badly weathering at the bottom. I’d hate to see it ruined. — C.J.M., Findlay. A: Memorial...

Today designated Bird Ohio Day by Legislature

Members of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory and three Ohio Young Birders Club members recently went to Columbus to accept the legislative resolution designating today as the first Bird Ohio Day. The resolution was initiated and drafted...
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