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If you see a hummingbird, tell officials

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas for Ohio and Pennsylvania Birders Pennsylvania and Ohio birders must have been particularly good this year. In mid-December they got an early Christmas gift. On almost the same day, an Allen’s hummingbird showed up in Holmes County, Ohio and Lancaster County, Pa. It was a first for both states. Over the last 12 years […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Dec. 24, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Each week Farm and Dairy challenges readers to identify a small tool or gadget (or at least ‘hazard a guess’ as to its use).

Celebrate the first silent night

Thursday, December 24, 2009

(Note: This column first appeared in Farm and Dairy 16 years ago. I offer it here again this year, because its message never dims. Merry Christmas to all.) If you walked by Edith Troyer’s third grade class at Walnut Creek Elementary School during December, it wasn’t unusual to hear voices of the young students singing […]

FSA Andy for Dec. 24, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dear producers: You probably know that one needs to have a little bit of patience and a lot of time when working in one of these offices. Today, as I celebrate my birthday, I can tell you it feels like the time is running out . . . Every dairy farmer should have heard about […]

Participate in a Christmas Bird Count this year

Thursday, December 24, 2009

It began Dec. 14 and runs through Jan. 5. Birders all across the Americas will gather in small groups to census bird populations in the annual Christmas Bird Count. Volunteers from hundreds of locations will devote one entire day to counting all the wild birds they can find. Local leaders determine the exact date that […]

Social media and employee management

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Have you ever been to a store or gas station and had the clerk talk on their cell phone or text a message while trying to take care of you? It has happened to me and you’ve probably had it happen to you or maybe witnessed it happen to someone else. Have you seen your […]

Facing hard times in December 1932

Thursday, December 24, 2009

My parents, Blanche Ganoe and Sam Moore, were married in October 1931, and while I don’t know how they spent that first Christmas, I’m pretty sure that by the time Christmas of 1932 rolled around, they were living in the farmhouse (owned by my grandfather) where I grew up. The Townsends (Dad’s sister, her husband […]

Experience Christmas Eve in 1959

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Once again I’m sharing with you my mother’s thoughts of Christmas and even though you receive this week’s Farm and Dairy on Christmas Eve, most folks are certainly too busy at the moment to read all the interesting material it contains. But perhaps after everyone has gone to bed, after everyone is taking a breather […]

Remembering Christmases of the past

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The chill in the air and the lightly falling snow outside my window is a wonderful backdrop to the wonder of the blessed holiday. There is no other time of year that is quite so wondrous, so magical, so worthy of our wonder. Christmas is the most important birthday celebration of all time. No matter […]

I am dreaming of a just right Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2009

“There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.” – Erma Bombeck Some gather on the eve and some on the day. Some prefer to leave home, and others to stay. Whatever your preferences or plans may be, Christmas is a time of hopes, dreams and glee. There […]

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