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White deer; not just a myth but a reality

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Shortly after my wife and I moved to the ridge back in the summer of 1985, we began exploring the surrounding woods. On one of our first outings, we took separate paths. When we met back at the house, Linda was bursting with excitement. “I got a quick look at an animal I didn’t recognize,” […]

Anglers may see better results in Pymatuning Lake

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Those anglers who have been whining about the lack of walleyes in Pymatuning Lake can tune up for some better songs. State wildlife officials including those from Ohio and Pennsylvania have jointly announced that there have now been three successful years of stocking since 2008. But the three successful stocking efforts didn’t just happen; they […]

Ohio State University Extension can help you prepare for a better 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I can remember back several years ago on the first day of a junior high school math class. The teacher gave each student a piece of wood about the size and shape of a quarter. On each side of this wooden piece were the words “to” and “it”. He explained that he didn’t like hearing […]

Snow days and sledding miracles

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Two fat sparrows sit in the trough of a bird feeder outside my office window and eat their way through today’s snowstorm. Six feet away, a squadron of chickadees does touch-eat-and-goes on a second feeder. In the snow below, a plump dove dines on the sorghum scattered by the unmannered sparrows. As I sip my […]

Boating into new year with shows, options

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Boaters! Start you engines. Yeah, sure, with a foot of ice on every lake, temperatures cold enough to freeze a bad word in midair, and stored boats deep in hibernation mode, it’s hard to talk boating. But that’s exactly what happens this week as the Cleveland Boat Show opens for a ten-day run of boats, […]

Great horned owls offer great entertainment

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A few nights into the new year, three different species of owl sang within earshot of the back porch. It began shortly after 9 p.m. with the tremulous whistle of an eastern screech owl. A few minutes later a barred owl sang from deeper in the woods. “Who cooks for you, who cooks for you […]

Why does January have to be a bear?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

January is such an unlovable month. I’m sure there are people who embrace it with pure unbridled joy, I just haven’t met any of them. While it poses as a month of great promise — resolutions, a “clean slate,” new beginnings — it is, in reality, a trick of the calendar. Stuck, wholly and completely […]

You had to have pluck to survive

Thursday, January 13, 2011

“I’d passed the teacher test. I was being offered the job of an itinerant replacement teacher in northern Arizona. The school that was expecting me was in Red Lake, Arizona, five hundred miles to the west of our farm, and the only way for me to get there was (on my horse) Patches. I decided […]

Columnist recounts visit to Ohio in mid-1800s

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Today we don’t think of Ohio as being “The West,” although it was 170 years ago. I have bound volumes of an Albany, N.Y. farm paper, called The Cultivator, from 1840 and 1841, that contain a series of Letters from the West. These were sent to the paper by a traveler from Onondaga County, New […]

Holmes Co., Alpine Cheese water quality trading project proves successful

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Holmes Co., Alpine Cheese water quality trading project is successful The idea set forth to Holmes SWCD and others was relatively straightforward, yet innovative. The Alpine Cheese Company in Holmes County needed to expand its production to meet the market demands of Jarlsberg Cheese, of which they are the sole manufacturer in the U.S. In […]


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