Meet Hancock’s wildlife officer: Eric Vonalmen

Many think that a wildlife officer’s primary responsibility is to arrest poachers, I don’t believe that’s an accurate assessment. My experience in this unique profession has taught me that the very best officers are...

Top weed problem still marestail

The annual Hancock County weed survey prior to the soybean harvest showed that marestail (Conyza Canadensis [L.] Cronquist) is still the top weed problem. This tough native plant began to appear in our fields about seven years ago....

Eagle is unfinished folk art

Q: What about the “eagle monument” on the east side of Hancock County 220, just south of Van Buren? — Joe Rowan, rural Findlay. A: It is Larry Finch’s uncompleted folk art, about 10 feet tall, from the mid- to...

Frozen lakes delay annual rainbow trout release

Ohio’s annual release of rainbow trout was scheduled to begin March 6, but has been postponed due to the winter weather. Many lakes are likely to be frozen on their scheduled stocking dates. Early stockings have been postponed...

Records set for soybean, corn yields

Hancock County farmers enjoyed record-setting yields for corn and soybeans last season, an average 193.3 bushels of corn per acre and 54.2 bushels of soybean per acre, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It amounted to...

What about these tax questions?

Q: After we filed our Ohio income tax, we got an online quiz to confirm our identities. My husband was asked to name the person to whom we sold a house years ago! We refreshed the question, didn’t give the right answer again, and...

Feathered friends are always happy for a handout

Linda Mathias took a break from feeding the birds at her Cygnet home and opted for a visit to snowless Florida. Upon returning, she began refilling feeders but the birds don’t seem to be responding. “Are they mad at...

Fostoria’s Wolf gears up for wrestling

If anyone deserved a day of rest on Sunday, it was Fostoria athletic director Michele Wolf. She didn’t get it. “I went grocery shopping, cleaned the house and went out to dinner with my family. It’s all the things I...
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