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  • Cool temperatures initiate bloom for holiday cacti

    When attempting to grow tropical plants we are met with the challenge of mimicking their native habitat, which is difficult inside our homes. We can allow Mother Nature to take care of some of this, outside, for now.  
    Move some of your orchids, holiday cacti and clivia outdoors for the remainder of the season because we can initiate bud set through managing day length and nighttime temperatures.  
    The flowering of many plants (including some native species) is initiated by how many hours of light and dark the plant receives in a 24-hour period.  

  • Omega Force Strength Team

    The Omega Force Strength Team will be putting on a show at the Harrison County High School auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30).
    The Omega Force team has some of the world’s strongest men. They will bend steel, break blocks, blow up hot water bottles until they explode, roll up frying pans, rip up large phone books and more.
    Admission is free. For more information call Mike Coppersmith at 859-298-9972 or Mike Barres at 859-954-1660.
    This event is presented by the Harrison County Ministerial Association.

  • Troop 76
  • Cover crops prove multi-purpose

    While I will admit that half of my vegetable garden looks dreadful, the other half is holding steady because we mulched paths with a heavy layer of wood chips, filled unplanted beds with cover crops and have weeded the rest by hand and hoe.  
    I started using cover crops about five years ago and I am sold on the multi-purpose usefulness.  
    While many disease pathogens winter over on plant debris and an equal amount remain viable in the soil, it means we need to strategize to keep the garden relatively clean.  

  • 3M Cynthiana No. 1
  • Way Back When

    10 years ago . . .
    Births announced this week are: Emily Ann Bradford, Aug. 5, daughter of Amber Grissom and Anthony Bradford; Samuel Marvin McCarter, Aug. 5, son of Kenneth and Amanda McCarter; Collin Michael-Davis Wehr, June 13, son of Michael and Jennifer Wehr.
    Officials, committee weigh pros/cons of 180-plus year old Handy house worth. The Oddville Avenue property is being considered by the city and county governments and are planning to convert it into a recreation park.

  • Reunions

    McKINNEY
    The McKinney family reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Harrison County fairgrounds. A potluck lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Utensils and drinks will be furnished.
    For more information call Charles McKinney at 859-234-6598.

    MULLIGAN

  • Free colon cancer screening available through Wedco District Health Department for eligible residents

    Colon cancer screening saves lives. Yet despite the preventable nature of this disease, colon cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in Kentucky. Over 2,600 cases of colon cancer are diagnosed in Kentucky each year, with more than half of those cases diagnosed at a late stage.

  • Museum Musings

    * Cynthiana Democrat, Feb. 15, 1945 -- “On Monday, while at the Cynthiana Stockyards, John Wheeler had the bad luck of receiving gashes on the leg from the tusk of a vicious hog. He said the attack was so sudden and swift that it was over before he had a chance to defend himself. His wounds were dressed at Harrison Memorial Hospital and he returned home.”
    * Cynthiana News, Jan. 7, 1869 -- Herman Rohs is about to establish a large coal yard near Pleasant Street on the railroad in this city.”

  • Growing herbs at home

    By Benita Peoples, County extension agent for family and consumer science
    In a botanical sense, an herb is a plant that does not produce a woody stem and dies back to the ground each winter to a perennial root system. In the garden sense, herbs are plants that serve as a major source of seasonings in food preparation. In an even broader sense, herbs include plants that are also useful for scents in cosmetics or for medicinal purposes. Some of them are woody and outstep the definition of a herbaceous plant.