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Happy birthday today to Sean Barcus; to Connie Teghtmeyer, Jeanine Childs, Lynn Gross, Harold Weaver, Zachary Fensler, and Paul, Von and Caleb Walker (three generations born on the same day) on the 8th; Dave Taylor, Craig Campbell, Kirsten Allman and Barbara Jones on the 9th; Mary Ann Hazen … Read more

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The following lawn, landscape and garden suggestions for the month of August are from “Summer Garden Calendar,” Purdue Extension publication HO-92, authored by B. Rosie Lerner. Timing horticultural events and practices can vary from year to year, depending on weather conditions. The followin…

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Happy birthday today to Tana LaFever, Gary Gordon, Brad Dell II and Gerri Johnson; and tomorrow to Ryan Schwab; to Sue Bennett on the 2nd; Jesse Sade, Karen Rehrer and Bethany Parish on the 4th; and Carrie Barcus, Jeffery Fletcher and Travis Osbun on the 5th.

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Have you have ever stood in front of a strange-looking vegetable at the Farmer’s Market and wondered, “What is that?” or “What do I do with that?” Maybe you’re in the mood to broaden your culinary or dietary horizons, and you just don’t know much about vegetables, fruits or herbs you’ve neve…

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INDIANAPOLIS — A day after Gov. Eric Holcomb had to tamp down rumors relegating COVID-19 as a “hoax” and conspiracy, and President Trump finally asked “everybody” to wear a face mask, Indiana became the third state headed by a Republican governor to mandate the now controversial facial coverings.

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Indiana has a state flower, a state tree, and a state bird. Did you know that we also have a state insect? Say’s Firefly, Pyractomena angulata, became Indiana’s state insect in 2018. At the time, Indiana was one of only three states that did not have a state insect.

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Happy birthday today to Dale Duncan and Vicki Schenher; and tomorrow to Carole McBride and Kenny Wilkins; to Beverly Welch Irving and Rex Platt on the 25th; Ron Whittaker, Kathy Roby, Scott Smith and Robin Plasterer on the 26th; Phyllis Fritz, Justine Ellet, Toby Ott, Brandon Wyss and Lori T…

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INDIANAPOLIS — The pandemic prompted Indiana Republicans and Democrats to opt for virtual conventions, and the resurgence of the virus this past month that forced Gov. Eric Holcomb to delay the final Stage 5 reopening confirmed the wisdom of those choices. But the online format obscured what…

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Gloria is taking a needed week or two off to bond with her new family member, Joshua David, who arrived earlier this month. It is hard to believe that Gloria has been writing The Amish Cook column for now for exactly six years. There’s no stopping the march of time, that is for sure. So this…

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Happy Birthday today to Christopher Rosswurm and Tabitha Barcus; and tomorrow to Teresa Martin, Tammy King and Huey Hazen; to Toby Deck, John Younis, Jorel Longardner, John Lloyd Young II and Angie Perlich on the 18th; Karly (McBride) Morgan and Mary Jane Myers on the 19th; Rick Krider on th…

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Many people are in the middle of the vegetable growing season in their home gardens. As some things go right, and some things go wrong, perhaps you find yourself in troubleshooting mode. Dr. Rosie Lerner authored a recent update to Purdue Extension’s “Home Gardener’s Guide.” It may provide s…

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Everyone, from Gov. Eric Holcomb to parents, teachers, students and employers, yearns to reopen schools and universities within the next three to four weeks. But parents are consumers, and most want schools to reopen when it is safe to do so.

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Our home is full of joy these days! Our little bundle of joy has arrived, we have been oohing and awing the last day over our newborn baby boy, Joshua David. He was born on June 29 at 11:40 p.m.

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The following lawn, landscape and garden suggestions for the month of July are from “Summer Garden Calendar,” Purdue Extension publication HO-92, authored by B. Rosie Lerner. Timing horticultural events and practices can vary from year to year, depending on weather conditions. The following …

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Forty-one years ago as the U.S. reeled from oil shocks and long lines of cars just to get gas, the conservative tabloid New York Post editorialized: “Independence Day, 1979 the American paradox is bleakly apparent. As a nation, we appear to have become steadily more dependent on forces seemi…

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Happy birthday today to Angela Zorn, Trey Springer and Gloria Addis; and tomorrow to Mark Young, Nancy Zarana, Amos Delong and Chris Rosswurm Sr.; Shella Harvey, Sue Ann Fensler and Tiffany Longardner on the 4th; Lynn Smith on the 5th; Carisa McCoy on the 6th; Tim Brownn, Breanna Fairchild, …

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While much time and energy are being devoted to COVID-19, it is also important that we remember that this virus is a problem that will eventually pass, just like every pandemic in history. Many of us will be affected. Some will even die. But most of us will survive to pick up the pieces of o…

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Yes, more toasty summer days, more water fun, and many happy hours with family pets. As I write, the latest pets are three kittens from a stray mama cat. Much to the delight of our five little children, a mama cat randomly came to our farm and hid where we could not see her and then had thre…

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Recent storms have left many homeowners with downed limbs and landscape trees that have new injury or exposed defects. What do you do now?

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I was sitting in a lawn chair in my yard with my daughters, my sons and their spouses. We were six feet apart, as prescribed, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We were eating lunch and visiting and we heard a cuckoo call.

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I have spent the past 39 years working in the field of surgery. For a significant part of that time, I have worn a mask. I have worked with hundreds (probably thousands) of colleagues during those years, who have also worn masks. Not a single one us of became ill, passed out or died from lac…

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If you are not a fan of insects in general, you might be asking why so many people are concerned about pollinators. How about this: it’s estimated that about 1 in 3 bites of food result from pollinator activity. I’d say that’s important enough to take notice.

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These summer days really are pressing in. I forgot how muggy it could get in southern Illinois! Thankfully the children don’t seem to mind the heat. It makes for lots of water fun, so why not love hot days? Anything to get them wet and have some outdoor action makes them happy.

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Many of us love nature and walking through the woods or other natural areas. But, what potential dangers may be lurking from plants that cause a nasty itch? Let’s review some of the “don’t touch me” plants. Social distancing from these plants is definitely recommended!

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Happy birthday today to Mid Anderson, Brandi Vaught and Casey VanHouten; and tomorrow to Jeff Martin and Derek Sieberns; Mabel Creech on the 20th; Tyler Shively, Joshua LaFever, Alexandria Leazier and Bill Vaught on the 21st; Tim King, John Perlich and Clint Davis on the 22nd; Bruce Deck, La…

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While many of our summer plans have been thwarted by recommendations to social distance to slow the spread of Covid-19, we are finding that there is still plenty to do outside, especially now that warmer weather has arrived.

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I spend too much time thinking these days. Some days the grief of what I miss is over-whelming. There is so much to miss from baseball games to concerts, from my own shows to potlucks and campfires in my backyard. There were to be weddings and graduations including Graham’s graduation from H…

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The subject of bagworms has become almost an annual feature of my news articles, and for good reason. Bagworms are sneaky. Even if you have never had them, they can infest your evergreens, and before you know it you have damage from their feeding activities. This becomes disturbingly noticea…

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Happy birthday today to Ben Rosswurm, Nicky Brown, Ann Gordon, Cheyenne Smith and Ed Gordon; to Katie Konger on the 14th; Andrea Royer, Jenna Shambaugh, Brent Powell, Cheryl Seel and Ryan Stampe on the 15th; Jack Nicodemus, Paul Conrad, Tracy Lenwell and Nick Stauffer on the 16th; and Tyler …

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During these past few months, COVID-19 has presented us with challenge unlike anything we’ve experienced before. On behalf of the staff of Parkview Whitley Hospital/Parkview Warsaw, I would like to extend our deep gratitude for the outpouring of support and appreciation our team members have…

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Just minutes after President Trump chided American governors for not “dominating” violent protesters in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and just days after he used a 1960s era catchphrase (“When the looting starts, the shooting starts”), Gov. Eric Holcomb addres…

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Hey, you’ve got to join us for a leisurely afternoon. Daniel suggested that we all go for a ride with our standard bred mare, Sapphire, and open cart. We were all in. After the children’s naptime, we piled onto the cart with two children sitting on a little bench by our feet. “Where are we g…