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Living

  • Looking forward to the summer vegetable garden

    By Jessica Sayre, County extension agent for Horticulture
    Soon you’ll be receiving seed catalogs for the 2017 vegetable-growing season. While listening to the cold wind blow outside, what a comfort it is to think about spring and summer and planning your garden.
    To make the most of your garden, every aspiring gardener should follow seven steps to have a successful gardening season.
    • Plan your garden on paper before you begin.

  • Skunks are on the move

    It is that time of year again and I am reminded because of the smell and road kill left behind.
    Plus, a strong scent of skunk has been lingering in the pasture this past week; and I got an Instagram video from my niece as she was clearly backing away from a lumbering black and white rodent down by the river.  
    We used to get them circling the house on winter evenings but our livestock guardian dogs’ presence has kept them at bay the last few years.  

  • Way Back When

    10 years ago . . .
    Births announced this week are: Jolie Kate Hill, Jan. 19, daughter of Mark D. and Melissa Hill.
    DSL comes to Harrison County. Southeast Telephone has activated a remote terminal on Wiglesworth Lane, making digital subscriber line (DSL) service available out Old Lair Road and into surrounding areas. The terminal runs DSL service down roughly three miles of phone lines. The service will cover Colony Drive off Ky. 32/36 (Millersburg Pike), Jill Lane, Wiglesworth Lane, Lang Road and part of Cook Road.

  • Deitemeyer hosts January Omega chapter meeting

    Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met at the home of Nancy Deitemeyer on Monday, Jan. 2 with 12 members present. Cheryl Case, president, opened the meeting with asking members to name a Christmas gift you received and liked. Answers ranged from a windmill, new couch, exercise board, security system, Grandma cup, and UK pearls.
    Case also thanked the social committee for the Christmas dinner at Ashford Acres in December. Secret sister gifts were exchanged, and Christmas readings were shared.

  • Don’t forget what’s in the root cellar

    Perhaps this can be a reminder of the payoff of “putting up” the garden in spring, summer and fall: We have extended our homegrown eating pleasure into the winter months with some basic preservation methods.  
    If you froze, dried, canned or otherwise preserved fresh fruits and vegetables in 2016, do not forget about them (or horde them for some unreasonable time.)
    First, open the freezer and assess what’s there: blanched Romano beans with some ice crystals forming inside the freezer bag?  Plan a stew for dinner.

  • Museum Musings

    * “A new year is a treasure chest; the gift of time is in it -- so guard it well and do not lose one precious, golden moment.”

  • Way Back When

    10 years ago . . .
    Births announced this week are: Joe Amos Nichols III, Jan. 3, son of Joe and Jenny Nichols; Cameron Elad Ritchie, Dec. 19, son of Joshua and Megan Ritchie; Liam James Thomas, Dec. 20, son of Lea Hayag Thomas and James Stuart Thomas.

  • Renaker Homemakers enjoy additional features to its meetings

    The Renaker Homemakers meets every third Thursday of the month. We have enrolled several new members as well as many mailbox members. One of the first fall meetings featured a trip to the “Smoking Pig” outside Falmouth. For our Christmas meeting, members brought new underwear to take to the clothing closet.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Lora Dawn Woodard, 51, and Robert Dennis Beckett, 52, married Dec. 11, 2016.
    Natalie Chere Schreiber, 46, and Matthew Park Lewis, 44, married Dec. 23, 2016.
    Saprina Marie Douglas, 26, and Benjamin Logan Gann, 44, married Dec. 28, 2016.
    Misty Mae Earley, 37, and Michael Eugene Sims, 51, married Dec. 29, 2016.
    Angela Price Hounchell, 44, and Troy Scott Whitaker, 55, married Jan. 1, 2017.
    Breona Michelle Justice, 18, and Brandon Lewis Williams, 21, married Jan. 7, 2017.

  • Specialty seed catalogs deliver quality

    I have learned to be discerning when it comes to catalog shopping.  
    I steer clear of outrageous or cheap deals. I prefer the specialty catalog where expertise reigns, providing us with both a good product and the information to grow it well.  
    I shop locally as much as I can but for some crops we must turn to the catalogs that are filling the mailbox this time of the year.