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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.

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INDIANAPOLIS — If there was a silver lining after a horrible year of pandemic, it was that the Hoosier Hoops Holyland and its ancient cathedral (Hinkle Fieldhouse, among other venues) would become the Center of the Basketball Universe during March Madness.

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Happy birthday today to Stacey Ray and Laura Parker; tomorrow 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 Smi…

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As spring has begun, so has work in the home landscape. This week, we’ll concentrate on things that can and should be done soon. Next week, we’ll cover some things to avoid doing that many ignore and do anyway.

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As spring has begun, so has work in the home landscape. This week, we’ll concentrate on things that can and should be done soon. Next week, we’ll cover some things to avoid doing that many ignore and do anyway.

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INDIANAPOLIS — During the television age of Indiana politics, the General Assembly had been a pipeline of future governors. Govs. Harold Handley, Matt Welsh, Edgar Whitcomb, Doc Bowen, Robert Orr and Frank O’Bannon had all spent time in the dual “Cave of Winds” on the Statehouse third floor …

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You probably know what you think about murder, rape, arson and all sorts of other abhorrent crimes. But how do you feel about jaywalking and littering?

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Where did Whitley County rank recently in corn production among all other Indiana counties? What was a recent state-wide yield for soybeans? These and other questions are addressed in the annual Indiana Agricultural Statistics bulletin, recently posted online.

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Happy birthday today to Kayla Crance and Willodean Shively; and tomorrow to Sabrina Wormcastle and Nora Josephine Blanchard; to Zac Hackett and Dennis Allman on the 3rd; Lindsay Hackett, Brooke Lenwell, Darlene Delanoy and Daryl Pott on the 4th; Derek McDowell, Barbara Crozier, Allison Berin…

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Spring is here, according to the calendar though not always to the weather. But ducks are migrating and that’s as sure a sign of spring as greening grass and blooming dandelions and other early wildflowers.

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One day a colleague, whose intellect I had admired up to that point, confessed that she had some conservative instincts when it came to politics.

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I recently received a question from one of our local gardeners about a strange thing they found in their garden, and thought the inquiry would appeal to a wider audience. It looked like a puffy little brown sack a little larger than a quarter, and attached to the dead stem of an herbaceous p…

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Last week’s column on school funding in Indiana stirred a great deal of conversation around the state. I am glad it did, but cannot take credit for the interest. Most Hoosiers are keenly attentive to their local schools and concerned about the economic performance of their cities and towns. …

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Happy birthday today to Abby Caswell, Emily Wyss, Marie Deck and Roxie Scherer; and tomorrow to Taylor Crawford; Julie Ann Deck, Britt Shambaugh and Rick McCoy on the 20th; Deloris Blessing on the 21st; Lacey Pulley, Sherrie Brady, Shelly Davis, Gladith Hile and Mark Tomlinson on the 22nd; C…

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Write about the rare bird alert my younger daughter suggested at a family get together when I said I needed a subject for an article. “But the rare bird alert is no longer active,” I said.

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I get a kick out of the TV commercial where “Captain Ahab” is helping a driver find a parking spot using his telescope, and when his plans are foiled he utters the expletive, “Oh, thunderation!” Does anyone else find that amusing? What’s not amusing to homeowners is all the new molehills in …

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Happy birthday today to Kyle Scherer, Alicia Wheaton and Dominic Ianucilli; and tomorrow to Gene Geiger, Beth Sollazzo, Nicole Sollazzo and Rowland Gilbert; Doug Fields, Gary Love and Jim W. Fry on the 13th; Max Myers, Eric Deck, Joshua Kirchner and K.C. Miller on the 14th; Tori Harris, Bob …

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“The challenge facing our schools is unprecedented,” said candidate Joe Biden last July. “President Trump has made it much worse. We had a window to get this right. And Trump blew it.”

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President Biden faces a tough choice on immigration. Does he accept compromises that advance some, but not all, items on his reform agenda? Or does he insist on the sort of all-or-nothing strategy that has failed repeatedly since President Reagan signed the last comprehensive overhaul in 1986?

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Happy birthday today to Arrena Diffendarfer, Molly Hudson and Angie McCoy; and tomorrow to Michael Seel, Tom Egolf, Sandra Byrd and Shirley Stampe; 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 th…

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Some of our invasive species will soon be noticeable in natural areas. An early-season hike in the woods or other natural area might help you observe some of these plant species, and you may also observe why they are a problem.

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For the past four decades, I’ve covered the Indiana General Assembly as a reporter and monitored it as a columnist and publisher. What occurred on the House floor and out in the Statehouse hallways last week has been described as a “racial” clash. And I will tell you upfront that while there…

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Spring may seem a long way off, but if you are excited for spring gardening, why not start planning now? Serious gardeners have been formulating their plans all winter long. Whether you fancy yourself growing vegetables or flowers, here are a few tips to get you started.

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Happy birthday today to Dan Jasper; and tomorrow to Chris Coleman Jones, Joan Crance and Joan Herron; Alyssa Anderson, Nancy Herron, Courtney Nelson, Ingrid Coyle and Pearleane Kope on the 27th; Colt Crigger, Nicole Krider Huston, Marrisa Noyes, Mary Bangs, Kristina Pippenger, Phylis Sollazz…

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Corn farmers always seem to be searching for that perfect nitrogen application rate, probably because it can be a moving target. Apply too little, and you miss out on yield potential. Apply too much, and you waste money. Apply at the wrong time, and you may lose nitrogen. Two Purdue experts …

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Happy birthday today to Joan Taylor, Wilber Shank, Mandi Krecik, Jon Turla and Kory Poyser; tomorrow to Amy Kirchner, Nicolas Rawles and Alyssa Christieb; Mildred Orwell Emily Gordon Turla, and twins Madisen Ann and Alexandra Lee Lahr on the 20th; Margaret Bolen, Suzy Gross, Cully Wall, Susa…

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When Donald Trump sent out a tweet in July 2016, saying that Mike Pence would join him on the Republican ticket, it commenced one of the most extraordinary political odd couples in history. Here was the evangelistic, conservative Midwestern governor linking up with the profane, Manhattan bil…

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There are only two weeks left in the regular season for boys basketball, which makes this bovine a bit sad. This means you only get to hear from me a few more times before I take a break and turn my attention to football. But let’s return the focus to the court and take a look at this week’s…

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Even though President’s Day, Feb. 17, is officially to honor all of our former and present U.S. presidents, most everyone thinks of it as a commemoration of our two most popular and best known presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the first and 16th. In fact, in some areas of th…

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Two nuthatches flew to the feeder outside the dining room window as I sat eating breakfast, and watching the birds outside, of course.

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Happy birthday today to Bruce Hare and twins Tara Pettigrew and Heather Lortie; tomorrow to Harriet Metz, Everett Liggett Jr. and Payton Summers; Wayne Gibson on the 13th; Jean Baughman, Ruth Lang and Cameron Pulley on the 14th; Paul Sade Jr., Keith Bohde and Dee Dee McCoy on the 15th; Tonya…

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When we think of the life cycle of most insects, we may say they hatch from an egg, go through changes until they are eventually an adult, mate, lay eggs and die. This may take place in relatively little time, or it may take up to a year. With the periodical cicada, it takes years (emphasis …

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We approach a full year since the start of the COVID recession. So, it is timely to assess where the recession has turned out differently than seemed likely at the start. Some of the developments are happy, while others are not.

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Happy birthday today to Teresa Perry and Shawn McCoy; tomorrow to Arleen Zumbrum, T.K. Savieo, Christina Horne and Erv Brendel; to Jeremy Lahr, Randy Dreibelbis, Kimmy Fowler and Danielle Thompson on the 6th; Louise Kirkpatrick, Doug Herendeen and Jocelyn Ray on the 7th; Kelsie Murray, Riley…