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Living

  • Hellebores and arum are great winter performers

    Indeed, the fall season lasted just into January 2016. The ferns that hang from lamp posts in Old Louisville finally got zapped by a freeze just after the New Year.  
    Winter jasmine is in bloom, among other late winter bloomers, and a few spring flowering trees have broken bud. Our current cool down is welcome just to slow things down a bit.
    In the average year, believe it or not, there are things of interest in the winter garden even if we are in a deep freeze.  

  • Way Back When

    10 years ago . . .
    Births announced this week are: Calvin Matthew Heimlich, Nov. 7, son of Nathan and Mary Furnish Heimlich; Jon Matthew Nichols, Dec. 9, son of Johnny and Amelia Nichols; Darrell Blaine Shepherd Jr., Dec. 27, son of Darrell and Chrystal Shepherd; Nathaniel Will Thomas, Dec. 27, son of Lisa Guy and Nathan Thomas; Claiborne Russell Vaughn, Dec. 5, son of Bradley and Emily Vaughn.

  • Controlling pests on indoor plants

    Have you noticed a sticky substance on the floor beneath your ficus or philodendron? Are there little scabs on the underside of the leaves of your orchid? Maybe you have noticed that your plants just look a little lackluster.  
    Well, we can blame some plant puniness on being a tropical houseplant indoors in the winter.  
    Low levels of light and humidity trigger a response in plants that slows them down for the winter. They shed foliage and basically standby until the environment turns more favorable.  

  • Manns to celebrate 50th anniversary

    David and Betty Mann will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 8, 2016. They were married Jan. 8, 1966 at Falmouth Baptist Church in Pendleton County, Ky.
    They have two children, Tony (Bridgette) Mann and Julie (Ernie) Lucky; and three grandchildren, Madeline Mann, Angus Mann and Will Lucky.

  • Frymans celebrate 70th anniversary

    Luther and Armetta Fryman celebrated their 70th anniversary. They were married on Dec. 24, 1945.
    They have seven children, Bobby, Jerry, David, Randy, Trudy, Rita and the late Herbert.

  • Way Back When

    10 years ago . . .
    Births announced this week are: Shannon Grace Bostic, Dec. 14, daughter of Ronnie Dale and Alissa Marie Bostic; Chaelynn Rynea Fryman, Dec. 15, daughter of Holly Harding and Joshua Fryman; Chloe Alyssa Nicole Grimm, Nov. 23, daughter of Chris Grimm and Samantha Creamer; Bailey Nicole Wood, Nov. 2, daughter of Brian and Angie Wood.

  • Reflections on another year of food and farming

    I like to take time to reflect on the general state of things as one year ends and another begins.
    Other than a few minor details, I like where I am.  
    I get to think about food and farming as a practical application at home as Andy and I cared for 800 Freedom Rangers on pasture for the summer season; 65 head of sheep at their peak after lambing and 100 layers that reliably deliver the gift of an egg every 36 hours or so (except for this time of the year).  

  • Pinney hosts December DAR meeting

    The Cynthiana Chapter of the DAR met at the home of Karrol Pinney on Dec. 12.
    Regent Gail Kesterson called the meeting to order.
    The DAR Ritual, The Pledge of Allegiance, The American’s Creed, and the Preamble to the Constitution were recited, followed by the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.
    Kesterson introduced Cindy Codell, Corresponding Docent, from Winchester, Ky.

  • Museum Musings

    * George Eliot -- “I earnestly wish that every good brought into life by Christmas be yours, that you may have a heart of cheer, a spirit of hope, a life of love for everyday in all the year.”
    * The steadfast volunteers of the Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum, 124 S. Walnut Street, the old Rohs Theatre, for their 21st year, extend Christmas greetings and blessings to all. Come visit this community’s history and art museum, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Dealing with your child’s challenging behavior during the holidays

    By Benita Peoples, County extension agent for family and consumer science
    While we like to think of the holidays as a picture-perfect Norman Rockwell painting, they tend to be the exact opposite and full of stress for everyone around. Think about it - from buying presents and extra food to visiting relatives you hardly ever see, stress can come from all sides during this time of the year.