Let’s talk turkey … vulture, that is

While at a Cleveland Indians ball game I saw a speck moving in the sky far above the stadium. It was soon joined by others and the group soon grew to over 30. A few lower-flying members of the clan soon appeared and they caught the...

Butler leaves lasting legacy

Few schools, if any, in this region can match the athletic success Liberty-Benton has been lucky enough to have over the past 25 years. Dean Butler, while he never coached a game, meet or match during his time as athletic director, was...

Springtime is tick time

Spring was one of my favorite times growing up in Missouri. I enjoyed the walks on the farm, the hills and hollows, and hiking my favorite trails before the summer heat moved in. Trees and other plants would burst in vibrant green...

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...
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