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Birds have declined. Certainly there aren’t as many birds as there were when I was a boy.

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Nine months ago at a coffee shop in Auburn, I asked our congressman, Jim Banks, how he planned to deal with the likelihood that after the November election, he would be in the minority party for another two years.

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In Whitley County, as in other parts of Indiana, some of the soybean fields look quite variable due to rainfall patterns and ponding. Generally, the issue of variability in many fields is due to excess rain events, but that is not the case everywhere. A Purdue expert recently discussed “wet …

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In Whitley County, as in other parts of Indiana, some of the soybean fields look quite variable due to rainfall patterns and ponding. Generally, the issue of variability in many fields is due to excess rain events, but that is not the case everywhere. A Purdue expert recently discussed “wet …

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INDIANAPOLIS — One of the most vivid moments of my fatherhood was sitting in the woods one hot early July day on the Gettysburg battleground between Devil’s Den and Little Round Top, watching my two sons climb up what became the most important strategic heights of the American Civil War and …

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INDIANAPOLIS — One of the most vivid moments of my fatherhood was sitting in the woods one hot early July day on the Gettysburg battleground between Devil’s Den and Little Round Top, watching my two sons climb up what became the most important strategic heights of the American Civil War and …

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Happy birthday today to “Tip” Alcers and Glenn McCoy; and tomorrow to Margaret Blake, Louise Barnhart and Virginia Page; Andy Schemm, Thelma Ott, Bill Ransom, Alice Conrad, Trisha Lee and Austin Jacquay on the 10th; Jay P. Rosswurm, Nancy Bowers Foote and Janna England on the 12th; Rick Shal…

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I’ve been on the road, traveling with my older daughter as she drove from our home in Indiana to up state New York, to a family gathering.

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Some homeowners may be trimming shrubs this time of year – taming those wild growths back to a manageable and more aesthetically pleasing level. If you have yew shrubs around the home, take great care what you do with the trimmings! In fact, a Purdue expert recently cautioned that the conseq…

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In the history of competition and upsets, the first rule is that you have to show up. Just ask returning Pacer’s coach Rick Carlisle (who led Chaminade to the historic 1982 upset over Ralph Sampson’s No. 1-ranked Virginia) or Appalachian State’s 2007 football stunner over No. 5 ranked Michig…

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This time of year, it is common to receive calls in the Purdue Extension office in Whitley County regarding Japanese beetles. I suspect the same is true in many northern Indiana counties.

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Another week, and I need to write another newspaper article, something about the outdoors as all my articles are.

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Happy birthday today to Barb Leitch, Julie Addis, Julie Stuckey and triplets Makenna, Mariah and Mason Gudakunst; tomorrow to Angela Zorn, Trey Springer and Gloria Addis; Mark Young, Nancy Zarazna, Amos Delong and Chris Rosswurm Sr. on the 3rd; Sheila Harvey, Sue Ann Ransom, Lisa Fensler and…

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It’s time to get serious about protecting voting rights, and three recent developments make this goal more urgent than ever.

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Quack, quack, quackery. Word on the street is that Eric Holcomb has suddenly become a “lame duck” governor. Earlier this month the IndyStar raised this notion despite the fact that he still has three and a half years left in his term, two biennial budgets to execute and one more to forge.

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Happy belated birthday to Tyler Hackett, Idamae Deem and Kim Blanchard on the 17th; Mid Anderson, Brandi Vaught and Casey VanHouten on the 18th; Jeff Martin and Derek Sieberns on the 19th; Mabel Creech on the 20th; Tyler Shively, Joshua LaFever, Alexandria Leazier and Bill Vaught on the 21st…

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It’s estimated that one in every three bites of food we eat is due to cross-pollination by pollinators. I think it’s fair to say that pollinators are important to all of us as we begin National Pollinator Week, June 21-27, 2021.

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As the Senate returns to work and faces a fistful of thorny issues — from upgrading infrastructure to upholding voting rights — the ghost of a man named Jim Jeffords haunts the Capitol.

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After the City of Gary was hit with a cyber ransomware attack, it had to rebuild its servers. LaPorte County ended up paying cyber criminals $132,000 after it was hit with ransomware.

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It may be an overused quote, but an old Ziggy cartoon states, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” That can certainly relate to the accidental injury we sometimes inflict upon trees when mowing or using string trimmers. The old adage applies, “Prevention is better than cure.”

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The Indianapolis Star now has itself a team dedicated to “racial equity,” which includes, thanks to a grant from a nonprofit called Report for America, a reporter who will be tasked with covering “inequity in social services, immigration, cultural institutions, the legal system, education an…

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young was feeling it at the Kosciusko County Republican Lincoln Dinner, so much so that he coaxed the crowd into doing a stadium-style wave. “I’m in front of, what I perceive to be, the most motivated, the most energized, the most fired-up group of Republicans I’ve visited wit…

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After reading the title, some readers may recall the old Beetles tune, “Let it Be.” But, I’m not here to talk about music today; rather, I’d like to remind readers of the dangers of poison ivy. You may have heard the old adage, “Leaves of three, let it be.”

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Happy birthday today to Roger Gaff, Ellen Clingerman, Makayla Moore and Brent McCoy; and tomorrow to Ben Rosswurm, Nicky Brown, Ann Gordon, Cheyenne Smith and Ed Gordon; Katie Konger on the 13th; Andrea Royer, Jenna Shambaugh, Brent Powell, Cheryl Seel and Ryan Stampe on the 15th; and Jack N…

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The political world has been focusing on the serious splits in Republican ranks — and rightly so. Purging party members who won’t worship before the altar of Trumpism is an exercise in self-demolition.

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FANCY GAP, Va. — Georgia was as red a state as Indiana currently is. It took Stacey Abrams a decade of candidate recruitment, an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid and the creation of Fair Fight Action set up to battle voter suppression for Democrats to put the state in the Joe Biden Electoral C…

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When I was just a child, I roamed all over the hills of Eastern Kentucky, sometimes with friends, sometimes alone, recklessly climbing trees, exploring abandoned mines and generally tempting fate to the point of taunting it.

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COLUMBIA, Md. — There’s a reason U.S. Sen. Todd Young has been fanning out across Indiana, meeting with policemen and sheriff deputies in recent weeks. He’s up for reelection next year, but he will likely be confronted with some controversies over the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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Happy birthday today to Nina Kyler, Vicki Powell, Mary Parker, Nila Duffitt, Kris Fry and Doris Conwell; tomorrow to Bill Moore, Nancy Penrod Jones and Brenda Hall; Ireta Coleman, Dawn Ransom, Nikki Deck and Kerry Stauffer on the 29th; Laura Gerke, Chris Stienbarger, George McBride and Tom R…

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As we start to reach flowering in wheat, it is the time to spray fungicides to protect wheat from Fusarium Head Blight (scab). But, the forecasted risk for scab remains low for the region, said Darcy Telenko, Purdue field crops pathologist.

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Ants are common throughout the world, and although some may stereotype them all as pests, they do perform beneficial work. Their tunneling aerates soils, and many species are predators of other insect pests. Ants come in varying colors – primarily red, dull yellow, brown and black. Some are …

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Warblers, the warblers that interest me, are birds, little birds, like goldfinches or chipping sparrows, though there are a few species that are bigger.

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Happy birthday today to Max Bair, Taylor Fisher, Nancy Lee Krider and Jackson Miller; and tomorrow to Lisa Liggett, Mattea Collinsworth, Joe Leazier and Monica Pressler Maloney; Kathy Berghoff, Jamie Heck, Tim Liggett, Zach Miller and Kirsten Crawford on the 22nd; Halie Sade and Jackie Hiatt…

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Facebook is like Coca-Cola. Both companies want everyone to use their products; the last thing they want is any turmoil that gives customers a reason to leave the website or switch to Dr Pepper.

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Last week I spent about an hour in the law office of state Rep. Greg Steuerwald, a Republican who wanted to talk about something “unbelievable.” It was HEA 1006, a sprawling police reform bill that passed and was signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb without a single dissenting vote.

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If you have ash trees in your landscape you consider to be important and you wish to protect from the Emerald Ash Borer insect, a Purdue University expert recommended you do it soon.

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Where were you in 2004? If you live now where you lived then, you may have an idea of what the potential is for periodical cicadas in your backyard. Depending on where you live, this could be a big deal, or, maybe, much ado about nothing. If they emerge in your landscape or home orchard, are…

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For most of us waking up the morning of Friday, April 16, the news that eight Hoosiers had been killed in a massacre at a FedEx facility wasn’t so much a surprise, as a “shock” that it had finally happened here.

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Happy birthday today to Dan Martin and Brad Dell I; tomorrow to John Waltermath; Parker Conrad on the 1st; Bree Fisher and Kyle Gilbert on the 2nd; Dale Crabill, Mitchell Lehmkuhl and twins Brock and Makayla Love on the 3rd; and to Darrel Sade, Joe Dickison, Linda Deck, Sheila Teague and Ala…

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Large farm equipment has begun traveling local roads for spring soil preparation and planting season. As a driver, it is easy to get frustrated when caught behind something going less than 25 miles per hour, but try to take a breath and be patient. Your life, and the lives of others, may dep…

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Happy birthday tomorrow to Sarah Gilbert and Chelsea Miller; to Julie Theobald on the 24th; Kary Cearbaugh and Brian Lehmkuhl on the 25th; Bill Smith on the 27th; and Teresa McLaughlin, Warren Deck and Mike Poyser on the 28th.

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Last week I covered early lawn activities to consider doing now. This week I’ll cover things we should avoid doing, should only do in certain circumstances, or should at least postpone.