Where can blue jeans be recycled?

Q: There was a place that recycled denim/blue jeans, but we don’t remember where. Do you? — Sue. A: Charities will take wearable jeans. Chopin Hall used to take unwearable ones for the Bluffton Senior Center to make into...

This fisherman’s story is a whale of a tale

As a kid, a favorite fishing method was a tight-line and a favorite bait laid close to the bottom of a lake or stream, and just waiting for that big fish to take the hook. It was fun, relaxing, and sometimes a bit surprising. Richard...

Farmers assessing crop damage

Challenges to crops have started early this season with too much rain and flooding. Farmers have a chance this week to appraise their crops after an extended wet period. Most of the corn in the area had a good start, being planted...

Why do chefs dip fingers in salt bowl?

Q: Why do TV chefs season their dishes by dipping their fingers into a bowl of salt instead of using a salt shaker? Is it a matter of measurement? — Marlene Brown, Van Buren. A: Yes. A chef uses salt from a bowl to be more...

Every angler has a favorite spot to drop a line

There are special places where anglers often migrate for a relaxing trip. It can be a stream in Michigan, bouncing the waves on Lake Erie, or a secret spot just down the road. One of my favorites, and one I recommend you try, is...

Leaf beetle threatens viburnums

Another invasive insect has arrived in our region, the viburnum leaf beetle. It has been moving westward and this is the farthest west it has been detected. The larvae and adults can severely defoliate the leaves from viburnums....

Who was 1st woman to run for president?

Q: Who was the first woman to run for president? A: She was an Ohioan, Victoria Woodhull, of Homer in Licking County. An editor, publisher and leading women’s suffragette, Woodhull ran as the Equal Rights Party’s candidate...

The mushroom that lives up to its smelly name

Larry Corbin was working in the landscaping surrounding his rural Findlay home when he came across a strange looking mushroom. It had a long, red-orange stem, a dark-colored head that appeared waxy, even gooey, and had an offensive...
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