Archive for November, 2013

2009 Adult writing contest and youth art winners

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The holidays have a special meaning to all of us. It could be the sights and sounds of the children sled riding down the hill behind the farm house or the late nights making holiday treats in the kitchen. Or it could be the traditions we have in our families that we celebrate every year. […]

There is joy in new beginnings

Thursday, December 31, 2009

There is joy in new beginnings, no matter how many new year celebrations we might have under our belt. This, for me, has been one of the most exhilarating and joyous years of my life. So many times, we cannot put our lives in perspective until we are allowed to view it all in retrospective. […]

“A consistently dour columnist…”

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Come on, you don’t want to end this year reading what an aging aggie like me thinks the “Best Stories of 2009″ are. Easy as it might be — health care, global warming, cap-and-trade, Uncle Honey… What, I already wrote about all those things? OK, how about what you wrote on what I wrote to […]

The silly season is upon us

Thursday, December 31, 2009

In NASCAR the so-called “silly season” is that period at the end of the year when teams are realigning. Drivers are going to other teams, teams are changing leadership or swapping drivers. People are hired, fired. Everyone knows this next year is the year. Just ask the Cubs or, for that matter, the Indians. Silly […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Dec. 31, 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

BARNESVILLE, Ohio — The Barnesville Progressive Home Helpers 4-H club held its monthly meeting Dec. 12 at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Barnesville. The Rada knife orders were turned in as well as non-perishable food items for the community service projects. The meeting was called to order by Andy Selmon and secretary minutes […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Dec. 31, 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

WEST SALEM, Ohio — Northwestern FFA will collect cleaned Christmas trees beginning at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 5. People living at Lea Crest Estates, High Point or living in the villages of New Pittsburg, Lattasburg, Congress and West Salem may leave their cleaned trees at the curb in front of their homes for free pickup. Anyone […]

Vacation with us … Wince

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Ralph Wince family brought Farm and Dairy along to the Oak Island Lighthouse in Caswell Beach, N.C. Pictured are (left to right) Chris, Wade, Emmalee, Olivia and Ralph.

The Win-win

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Honorable mention: Sharon Sweda, Huron, Ohio Jacob slumped as Katherine cleared the table around him. Sensing he’d skip choir rehearsal, she chose to pray, rather than argue. The foreclosure notice had changed everything at the farm and Jacob became more withdrawn as the deadline approached. “Where’s Jacob?” Pastor Thomas inquired. Rumors circulated that Jacob was […]

The gift of remembrance

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winner: Alejandro Villalva, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army Reserve, 42, San Antonio, TX Richard sat silently, transfixed, his entire attention riveted to the photo that he found in the illustrated book of the Vietnam War which his grandson had just given him as a Christmas gift. The photo was a hauntingly brutal depiction of young […]

Uncle Leonard

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Third place: Maryann Lepovsky, 65, of Lucinda, Pa. All the lights were out in town except for the bright orange Rexall sign on the corner drugstore. The soft snow as falling onto the frozen ground covering the grass and trees with a layer of fine angel hair. The date was Dec. 23, 1966. The peace […]

The Stocking Surprise

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Second place: Mark Llewellyn, of New Castle, Pa. Doreen’s eyes, glassy in this state of reverie, wandered from one hand to the other. Arthritis found refuge in the aging joints long ago, and her knobby knuckles were testament to a life rife with farm work and household chores. Once the farm had been dutifully handed […]

2009 Adult writing contest and youth art winners

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The holidays have a special meaning to all of us. It could be the sights and sounds of the children sled riding down the hill behind the farm house or the late nights making holiday treats in the kitchen. Or it could be the traditions we have in our families that we celebrate every year. […]

Ohio attorney charged

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

WASHINGTON — Aristotle R. Matsa, an attorney in Columbus, was charged with tax offenses, obstruction of justice and additional charges in a 20-count indictment unsealed, according to the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service. Additionally, George Z. Pappas, an attorney in Urbana, Ohio, was charged in a one-count information with making a false statement. According […]

Pa. soybean plot yields 100 bushel soybeans

Monday, December 28, 2009

WEST LEBANON, Ind. — Good growing conditions go a long way in boosting soybean yields. But when you combine ideal weather with outstanding seed genetics, you may get great yields. That’s what Hubner Seed has found. One Pennsylvania plot yielded more than 100 bushels per acre in 2009, and another wasn’t far behind. “The same […]

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 […]

Economist: Corn prices increase, wheat and soybeans fall flat

Monday, December 28, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — While prices for the 2009 corn crop may continue to slowly climb as corn demand increases in 2010, soybean and wheat prices have a slightly more dismal outlook, said Chris Hurt, Purdue University agricultural economist. “As we look down the road to 2010, demand is going to continue for corn,” Hurt […]

Trumbull County packer recalls veal in three retailers

Monday, December 28, 2009

BRISTOLVILLE, Ohio — Mahan Packing of Bristolville announced a voluntary recall Dec. 22 of approximately 772 pounds of veal due to potential product contamination with E. coli. Owner Ray Mahan said he is confident it is an isolated incident. The products subject to recall include nine veal carcasses. The recalled veal carcasses were delivered to […]

Holiday writing contest, youth division 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas stories of love, wishes, lessons learned and animals filled our mailbox and inboxes in the past few weeks and we couldn’t have been happier here at the Farm and Dairy! The stories gave us the jolt we needed to get into the holiday spirit. The judges had a tough time picking the winners but […]

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 […]

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