Who waters downtown planters?

Q: The flower planters on the poles in downtown Findlay are beautiful. How are they watered? — Julie, Rawson. A: Ty Trest stops his pickup truck under the planters and steps up onto his truckbed, where a pressurized water tank...

Ohio waterfowl season and bag limits approved

Ohio’s waterfowl season dates and bag limits were approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council on Aug. 20. The state also simplified hunting zones. The south, north and Lake Erie marsh zones remain the same for waterfowl hunting, but...

Ragweed a problem for farmers, those who suffer from hay fever

If you are among the up to 20 percent of people who suffer from hay fever, this can be one of the most unpleasant times of the year. Certain plants release pollen that causes the typical hay fever of runny noses, sneezing fits, and...

How long has paper been around?

Q: How long have we been a paper society? I can’t imagine life without toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, etc. — Phyllis Martin, McComb. A: The invention of paper was reported in 105 A.D. by Ts’ai Lun, an official...

Arbor Day Foundation offers September tree deal

Wouldn’t it be great if each of us could find a low-cost way to improve our environment, benefit wildlife and add beauty to our community? What if it also increased our property values and lasted several decades? Sound too good...

Who rates veterans charities?

Q: I’m getting mailings for donations from several veterans/military groups. If we wish to support our military and their families, how can we find out which ones use our money wisely and truly help? — Karen S., rural...

Annie’s Project aims to help women in agriculture

Agriculture has always been an industry of risk management and living the dream of working with the land. These enterprises, particularly the family farm, have often been a husband-and-wife partnership, each one doing their part. Women...

Almanac: Stock up on firewood, sweaters, hot cocoa

If you enjoyed last winter’s bitter temperatures and snow, the Farmer’s Almanac has good news for you: “The winter of 2014″”15 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation,...
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