Archive for January, 2013

Every pencil should have an eraser

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Plugging along in this ultra-technologically advanced world of ours sometimes just makes a fellow long for a newly-sharpened yellow pencil with a fresh eraser. The very first pencil I ever called my own was a big, green fat one, standard issue to all first graders. I have no idea why I remember it so well, […]

Research finds food that fights cancer in humans

Friday, September 28, 2012

Recent food-based research has discovered fruits and vegetables contain natural cancer-fighting capabilities when consumed appropriately.

Is there anything we can do about the weather?

Friday, September 28, 2012

By: TOM DOWNING The activities at steam and engine shows take place primarily outside and so are greatly subject to weather conditions. Some might argue this fact is a good argument for having a four-day show or longer, as most rainy spells don’t commonly last that long, so the chances of having a decently profitable […]

Pasture walks give you great ideas

Friday, September 28, 2012

We have had great attendance throughout the summer for the Eastern Ohio Grazing Council pasture walks. The grazing council wants to make sure that we continue this success, so this is to update you on the scheduled pasture walks and to remind you to keep up on your fall pasture management. Depending on when you […]

Beginning farmers receive $500,000

Thursday, September 27, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The U. S. Department of Agriculture awarded the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture a $561,000 grant for KyFarmStart, its comprehensive training program for beginning farmers and those who are considering going into farming. More nationwide The Kentucky award is part of more than $18 million in grants through the Beginning Farmer […]

Thank God, during difficult times, we have Blessed Assurance

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Columnist says goodbye to his wife of 53 years.

Richard Best and the very best vehicle collection

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Two or three weeks ago I attended the Best truck show for the first time. Although the annual event could certainly qualify as the best truck show, the real reason for the name is the host’s name — Richard L. Best. I say “was” because, sadly, Richard L. Best passed away Sept. 10, just two […]

Making weight: What items do you really need?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A pound of cotton socks weights the same as a pound of sharp knife. You need to pare down your duffle so what do you leave at home? It’s your choice. Do you value warm feet and do you see a need for a good skinning knife? Yes to both questions, so back to the […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Sept. 27, 2012:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

ANDOVER, Ohio — Pymatuning Valley FFA members participated Sept. 16 in Adopt-A-Highway, cleaning garbage from Route 6. The chapter does this twice a year. The chapter held a meeting Sept. 19. * * * ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Last year West Muskingum’s Ag program contained around 29 students. Most of those students were active in the […]

Tech talk and Siri

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I would like to thank modern technology for that awkward moment when I was conducting very important business and Brick House piped out of my purse, courtesy of Siri, the voice activated assistant firing up the music on my iPhone without permission. The next song on my playlist was She’s so Mean which, considering my […]

FSA Andy

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hello again! County fairs are winding down and an early harvest has begun. Some farmers may actually be done with harvest by Halloween this year instead of Thanksgiving, and get to enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving meal with family and friends! The Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) would like to remind dairy producers that currently no […]

All the news they want to print

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rupert Murdoch, the Australian-born American media titan, is having one tough year on both sides of the Atlantic. On the Old World side, several of his British newspaper editors have been disgraced, arrested or fired for an alleged phone-hacking scheme that reached into royal palaces and political offices. The mess cost Murdoch his empire’s crown […]

Pennsylvania dairy royalty named

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bradford County student named 2012 Pennsylvania Dairy Princess. Two alternates hail from Susquehanna, Centre Counties.

Some clean four-letter words for fall

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The phrase “four-letter word” has a bad reputation, for obvious reasons. But there are good four-letter words, too. Here are a few four-letter verbs for outdoor lovers to keep in mind as fall begins. Hunt — Shorter, cooler days mean a variety of hunting seasons are about to open. Waterfowl, small game, and white-tailed deer […]

Carol Jean Malmsberry

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Carol Jean (Butream) Malmsberry, 82, of Salem, died Sept. 16 at Essex Of Salem #3. She was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Salem to the late James and Thelma (Notman) Butream. She was a homemaker and lifetime area resident. She was Methodist and had been a volunteer at Salem Community Hospital and with RSVP. She […]

National guidelines urge doctors to ease on antibiotics

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

COLUMBUS — Sinus infection sufferers may see a change during their doctors appointments this cold and allergy season as new national guidelines urge doctors to do less prescribing and more educating. As many as 45 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic sinus infections each year. After decades of overprescribing antibiotics, at a cost […]

Oil and gas pipelines are the next stage in shale development

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

LONDON, Ohio — Mineral rights leasing in eastern Ohio may be slowing, but the desire to build pipelines to the planned wells is growing. Now that many landowners have leased their property and wells are being developed, the next stage is getting the gas from the well to the marketplace and that will require pipelines. […]

State of the shale: What is going on in the Utica region

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

As of Sept. 19, there were a total of 366 well permits in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia for shale gas wells. There are 133 wells drilled in Ohio and 30 wells are producing.

Ohio’s deer archery season begins Sept. 29

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

COLUMBUS — The month of September signifies changing leaves, the harvest season and the beginning of bow hunting in Ohio. Approximately 205,000 bow hunters, representing more than half of all Ohioans who hunt deer, will participate in the statewide archery deer hunting season opening Sept. 29. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division […]

Ohio State creates food-production system for future

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Farming of the future? Growing food in space may be a possibility.


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