Stories by Janelle Skrinjar

Family tradition

Thursday, July 12, 2007

NEW WATERFORD, Ohio – John F. Hively kept meticulous notes. Every time a penny passed through his hands, he recorded it, his pencil making slanted, script letters in neat columns on the pages of a pocket-size notebook.

Law boosts protection for Pa. landowners

Thursday, July 12, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – A new law in Pennsylvania has landowners breathing a little easier. Gov. Ed Rendell signed legislation June 30 that increases liability protection for those who allow recreational activities on their property.

Fuel at its finest

Thursday, July 5, 2007

WELLSVILLE, Ohio – Tucked in the corner of John Russell’s barn is an odd collection of items. There’s a water heater and a fish pump.

Ways to graze

Thursday, June 28, 2007

(Editor’s note: This story is the first in a three-part series on sheep farming. Each story focuses on a different type of sheep production.

Fair is foundation for many friendships

Thursday, June 28, 2007

LISBON, Ohio – Water balloon fights, concerts, campground cookouts, roaming the midway in search of the perfect french fries (or the perfect date).

Barn burns at Gasper’s Garden

Thursday, June 21, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – A fire June 15 destroyed an equipment-storage barn and much of the equipment at a Mahoning County produce farm.

Anchored in Angus

Thursday, June 21, 2007

MERCER, Pa. – Like most seedstock producers, Greg McKean spends a lot of time studying the genetics of his herd.

Mink released from Pa. farm; 400 die

Thursday, June 14, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – More than 400 mink died after being released from their pens at a western Pennsylvania farm.

Helping farmers for half a century

Thursday, June 14, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – In 1957, Curtis Lemon started tinkering with farm equipment. He hammered and welded and drilled and bolted – he liked the idea of taking the old and making it work like new.

Leaders in learning

Thursday, June 14, 2007

JAMESTOWN, Pa. – When Al and Betty Wester head out to the barn each day for chores or milking, it’s not unusual for them to have an audience.

Bill looks to relieve landowner liability

Thursday, June 7, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – Pennsylvania landowners will have the law on their side if House Bill 13 is approved by the state’s Senate.

Diary of a geocacher

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Wednesday, May 23 10:37 a.m. I’m ready to set off on my first geocaching experience. I’m looking forward to it, although I have some reservations about a game where you have to follow directions – I can barely find my way to work on a good day.

Egg farm not guilty of animal cruelty

Thursday, June 7, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – The two men who own and manage Esbenshade Egg Farms have been found not guilty of the animal cruelty charges filed against them in January 2006.

Treasure hunters

Thursday, June 7, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – They’re hiding everywhere. In trees, under rocks, behind guardrails. Every time you hike a nature trail or sit on a park bench, they’re right there.

Guernsey Co. is home to new facility

Thursday, May 24, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – Plans have been finalized and construction crews are making way for


Thursday, May 24, 2007

FRAZEYSBURG, Ohio – 1961 The Berlin Crisis was escalating. Tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union were stretched thin and the threat of nuclear war loomed over the world.


Thursday, May 17, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – Angry eyes peered through the van windows. The 19 Americans inside squirmed in their seats, taking quick glances at the hard, unforgiving faces.

After the harvest

Thursday, May 10, 2007

CANTON, Ohio – On an overcast Saturday last fall, Ronnie Wendell and a small crew of workers headed out to the apple orchard.

Tainted hog feed makes its way to eight U.S. farms

Thursday, May 3, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – Eight U.S. hog farms were quarantined last week when authorities determined the animals ate contaminated feed.

The hour of honor

Thursday, April 26, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – Millions of fingers have touched the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Millions of feet have walked the circle of the National World War II Memorial.


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About Janelle

Former reporter Janelle Skrinjar wrote for Farm and Dairy from 2005 to 2009.