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Bad grammar is all around us

Thursday, August 5, 2010

“Him and me are going to visit…” Me and my friends just pop in the car…” No one is faster than us…” Do you detect something wrong in these honest-to-gosh quotes? The first was said by a young lady who graduated from Youngstown State University in December, got her teaching degree and is employed as […]

Every town should have one…

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Last week, I wrote of my lucky find at the Jeromesville Homecoming, landing the top bid on my father’s senior high school yearbook. I need to give credit where credit is due. The opportunity to even bid on such an item would never have presented itself without the kind heart and the keen eye of […]

Grain market’s Turn-Around Tuesday may bite us today

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Market commentary: Big gains on the grain market during the day Monday that capped off a few days of frantic trading did not hold; the weakness overnight is accelerating.

Yearbook awakens memories of small town life

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sometimes, the smallest contribution pays big dividends. This past Saturday my hometown held its annual homecoming festivities. Though it was hotter than blue blazes, I just had to venture down the hill to the park to be a part of the day. After chatting with friends and family, I went to see what was being […]

FSA will be conducting compliance spot-checks

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hello again! The “dog days” of summer have arrived. The weather has definitely been on the extremely hot side , but I guess we can take solace in the fact that at least there isn’t 2 foot of snow on the ground and below freezing. That will come soon enough. We have been fortunate to […]

Don’t forget calves when heat soars

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Last weekend’s heat was the most challenging for bovines of all ages (and their people) so far this year. Milking cows are usually the primary focus of heat stress abatement strategies, as they are the animals generating the most heat on the farm due to their size and their stages of lactation. While they are […]

It’s time to roll out the rain barrel and conserve water

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rain barrels make every drop count. That’s the slogan that begins every one of my rain barrel presentations. Well, OK, I have to confess here that I have done only one actual presentation, but when someone comes into the office looking for rain barrels, I do kind of a mini-presentation for him. The only difference […]

Economists in the house? Run!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Don’t’ look now, but Dr. Econ — that master of the malaprop, that tangled tiller of economic turnips, the clearest, coldest-eyed killer of the English language — just walked into the office of your faithful reporter and, trapped, I can only… Dr. Econ, how have you been?

It’s how you play the game

Thursday, July 29, 2010

It’s how you play the game You win some, you lose some, and sometimes you lose them all. We are old hats at recreational soccer. We are recently involved in competitive soccer which bears little to no resemblance to recreational soccer. Recreational soccer is about being active and having fun, competitive soccer is about honing […]

A hayfield stroll displays midsummer blooms

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Most summer evenings, shortly before dark, my wife and I take a walk through the hay field on the highest point on our property. It’s not really a hay field, it’s just an old field being encroached upon by the adjacent woods. I try to keep the invasive autumn olive at bay, but it’s a […]


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