Consider how your backcast will carry you into new year

Ever since my self-taught journey into fly fishing at the age of 15, the little intricacies of the sport have intrigued me. Whether tying a mayfly, joining leader to line or mending a line upstream, it all holds a certain mystery for...

Take a trip through reindeer legend

“Up on the housetop reindeer pause, Out jumps good old Santa Claus!” Wait a minute. How did those deer get on top of the house? Well, it looks like there may be something of an answer to the question. First, we need to...
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Ask The Experts: 12/20/16

Publishing the first and third Tuesday of each month, The Courier ‘Ask the Experts’ column features local ‘Experts’ answering frequently asked questions related to their area of expertise.  

An agronomist wears many hats — to grow crops in

Agronomy is a profession unfamiliar to many people, including farmers, even though an agronomist would have provided a vital function in some part of the crop production process. An agronomist may have completed the product research of...

Christmas experiences can be better remembered than gifts

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has always been a staple for me during the holidays. Whether Ebenezer Scrooge is portrayed by George C. Scott or Mr. Magoo, or his character is brought to life in the folds of the...

Pesticide, fertilizer education programs planned for farmers

Farmers often fulfill their continuing education requirements for various regulatory licenses during the winter months. Most of these licenses or certificates have to be renewed every three years. One of the more common renewal...

Plan your fishing trip well if you want to catch muskies

Between high school and starting college, I decided that it was time to catch my first Esox masquinongy: a muskellunge, or at least its cross-breed cousin, the tiger muskie. I recruited a couple of friends and began to formulate a...

Master Gardeners feed the hungry

There has been a push by many organizations to use locally produced food to feed the hungry in communities. Many of these programs have established community gardens to give lower-income individuals an opportunity to raise their own...
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