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One of the most arduous jobs in America these days is being a governor of one of 50 states. The Trump administration has essentially kicked the response to the coronavirus pandemic to the states, and so Gov. Eric Holcomb and his 49 cohorts have had to make unprecedented decisions that have i…

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The headlines have been grim. Seventeen bodies piled up in the morgue at a New Jersey nursing home. Fifty-five residents dead in Brooklyn, New York. In one week, 104 residents dead in a facility in western Pennsylvania and 102 dead at a home in San Antonio. In Detroit 26% of nursing home res…

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In the hours after the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission suspended Attorney General Curtis Hill for groping four women at a legislative party, there was speculation as to how Gov. Eric Holcomb would respond.

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I’ll have to admit that I was intrigued and more than a little suspicious when I first saw a post on social media about supposed “murder” hornets. Here in Indiana, should you be afraid to go outside when murderous Hymenoptera may be lurking about?

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A mink bounded across the road in front of my older daughter and plunged into the marsh at the edge of our pasture a few days ago.

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Tree roots growing at or slightly above the soil surface are called surface roots. Homeowners having trees with these surface roots are frustrated with the additional challenges posed with mowing and the uneven walking surface around trees. A question I often receive is whether anything can …

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Happy birthday today to Jeff Fletcher, Bob Schemm and Jenna Rosswurm; and tomorrow to Kane Schenher, Jeanatte Herbst Caraway, Melody Kolkman and Kim Miller; Kasey Gibson, Susan Longardner and Paul Bowser on the 16th; Rob Marr, Lee Shively and Sue (Diller) Foster on the 17th; Hunter Osbun, Te…

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As we reflected on Friday, with little fanfare, on the 75th anniversary of the Allied forces’ victory in Europe in World War II, one truth stuck out like no other; most of the world was unified in the goal of defeating the Nazis and fascism in Europe, the one front of the war that drew so ma…

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When I pray, it usually goes something like this: “Dear Lord, give me the strength and courage to overcome the adversity I now face.” Today, I will pray for something very specific: A coronavirus vaccine ... the sooner the better.

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As we all begin another growing season in Indiana, residents may find some Purdue Extension smart phone or tablet apps quite handy. Most apps are available for either Android or iOS (unless noted) at the respective app stores for a small fee.

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In times of crisis, people look to their leaders for guidance and reassurance. As the COVID-19 pandemic has been stealthy and mysterious while inflicting a heavy toll on Indiana (12,438 documented positive cases and 661 deaths at this writing), we’ve watched President Trump and Gov. Eric Hol…

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Here are some suggested lawn, landscape and garden activities for May from Purdue Extension publication HO-91-W, “Spring Garden Calendar,” by Purdue Extension specialists, B. Rosie Lerner and Michael N. Dana. Note that timing horticultural events and practices can vary from year to year, dep…

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and now more than ever it is important everyone knows how they are a vital part of child abuse prevention, and take an active role in keeping our children safe. The pandemic has had a major impact on every aspect of our lives with no clear end in sight. …

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When I looked out the kitchen window one morning recently, I saw a male robin flying back and forth to a window, attacking the window. Actually it was attacking its reflection in the window, a reflection that was a rival in the territory the robin had chosen for the area in which it would at…

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Arbor Day is the last Friday in April in Indiana; this year it is April 24. This date is strategically chosen to be right in the middle of one the best time periods all year to plant a tree in Indiana. Fall is also a good time. So, if you have been thinking about adding a tree or two to your…

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Happy birthday today to Dana Bering, Cory Alvord and Joseph Hiatt; Arlene Shively and Terry Bowser on the 18th; Sheri Cotterman, Alan Miller and Jamie Hiatt on the 19th; Natalie (McBride) Steffen on the 20th; Gordon Gilbert, Sue Allman and Larissa Smith on the 21st; and Lindsey Lanuiccilli a…

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You’ve thought about starting a vegetable garden. Perhaps this is the perfect year to jump in and plant one. Here are a few considerations for beginners and those who have just begun in recent years.

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Tina Biddle lives near Churubusco. Send birthday and anniversary updates to her directly at lilgiz44@yahoo.com or to nminier@kpcmedia.com.

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Now that spring has officially arrived, here are some suggested lawn, landscape and garden activities for April from Purdue Extension publication HO-91-W, “Spring Garden Calendar,” by Purdue Extension specialists, B. Rosie Lerner and Michael N. Dana. Note that timing horticultural events and…

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Happy birthday today to Sabrina Wormcastle and Nora Josephine Blanchard; and tomorrow to Zac Hackett and Dennis Allman; Lindsey Hackett, Brooke Lenwelll, Darlene Delaney and Daryl Pott on the 4th; Derek McDowell, Barbara Crozier, Allison Bering, James Bowser and Jeni Miller on the 5th; Scott…

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The sky was getting light in the east when I got a bowl of cereal, a glass of orange juice and sat at the dining room table. It was nearly dark in the dining room but I didn’t turn on the light. I didn’t want the light disturbing the birds at the feeders outside the window.

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Happy birthday tomorrow to Al Digregory, twins Perry and Joel Childs, Pamela R. Craig and Phyllis Herendeen; to Carmen Horn and Tavin Ray on the 28th; Ryan Sollazzo on the 29th; Bob Allman, Helen Steinbarger, Kristin Hollopeter, Amy Mickle and Laura Lemish on the 30th; Ronald (Bub) Crawford,…

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When talking about school closings and coronavirus with kids, we want to focus on safety — make sure kids know that they are safe — physically, mentally and emotionally — body, mind, spirit. Make sure they know they were not, and are not in danger, and that schools are closing in order to ke…

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Soon many of our lawns will be blooming with a familiar yellow flower – the dandelion. To naturalists in the reading audience, they would say that there are many ways to utilize dandelions. To most homeowners, they would say it’s a weed. For those homeowners, here are a few facts and tips on…

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San Francisco and six Bay Area counties, with a combined population of nearly 7 million, are under “shelter-in-place” orders directing everyone to basically stay inside their homes for the next three weeks in hopes of suppressing the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the region.

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Spring officially arrives just before midnight EDT on March 19 this year, earlier than it has in over 100 years, and many homeowners are itching to do something in the yard. It is now crabgrass prevention time, so put that task toward the top of your list.

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Happy birthday today to Taylor Crawford; and tomorrow to Julie Ann Deck, Britt Shambaugh and Rick McCoy; Delores Blessing on the 21st; Lacey Pulley, Sherrie Brady, Shelly Davis, Gladith Hile, Pam Craig and Mark Tomlinson on the 22nd; Codie Traxler and Abigail Mickle on the 23rd; Jered Blanch…

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Think about where the 2020 presidential race was a month ago: President Trump was acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial and his approval approached the 50% mark that had eluded him for most of his first term. His reelection chances were greatly enhanced. With Joe Biden’s apparent demise,…

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Regardless of how serious or not serious you think coronavirus is, you should take recommendations of local health officials seriously.

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The snow melts, we begin to be anxious for spring, and we see molehills in the yard. Instead of a nice, even turf surface, these molehills may seem like mountains to many homeowners. Forgetting all the noise about home remedies and sure-fire ways to get rid of moles, what is the best method?

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The recent volatility in capital markets captures some of the growing concern over Covid-19, or coronavirus. Stock markets are very poor guides to the overall economy, but that does not mean they are wrong this time. In fact, I think they are late to the game.

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Happy birthday today to Michael Seel, Tom Egolf and Sandra Byrd; and tomorrow to Shirley Stampe; to Gary McDowell, Laura Hontz and Brein Schenher on the 6th; Lance Kirchner and Cliff Smith on the 7th; Jack Burks, Kim Wilson and Keith Bair on the 8th; Jeff Lenwelll, Everett Troyer, Justin Nic…

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It’s early in the morning, light but before sunrise. The sun would not be visible even if it was up, however, for the sky is gray. It’s a winter day and the temperature is below freezing, snow covers the ground. I’m at the dining room table, eating breakfast and watching the birds at the fee…