Outdoors

Potatoes still a major staple of diets

Pommes de terre frites à cru, en petites tranches — Potatoes deep-fried while raw, in small slices. French fries. Whether or not they were actually invented in France — the Belgians strongly contest the point — this recipe from Thomas Jefferson’s memoirs seems to be their first ...

Park programs, Oct. 6

Seneca County • The monthly Nature Walk Bird Talk is set for 8 a.m. Oct. 14 at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 19 south of Bloomville. All ages are welcome to walk the trails to see what nature has to offer. Dress appropriately for a one to 1 1/2-hour ...

Compost some vines, stems; discard others

It is time to prepare the garden for fall. If you planted potatoes, you need to dig them up, rinse to remove soil and let dry a day before storing. There are always a few potatoes I miss that survive the winter and sprout next spring, so do some digging to get as many as you can. Old ...

Park programs, Sept. 30

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District is to host an Autumnfest celebration noon-4 p.m. Oct. 7 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, two miles south of Bloomville on SR 19. Food this year includes bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad and desserts. The afternoon includes music, wagon rides, ...

Outdoor briefs, Sept. 30

FELC to host children’s science day Oct. 5; register by Tuesday Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is to host Science Days for Kids ages 5-10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the center, 194 St. Francis Ave. Participants can become scientists for the day and explore science through ...

The history of the Irish famine: part I

Aug. 23, 1845 — The British periodical, The Gardeners’ Chronicle and Horticultural Gazette: “A fearful malady has broken out among the potato crop. ... In Belgium the fields are said to be completely desolated. There is hardly a sound sample in Covent Garden market. ... As for cure for ...

Park programs, Sept. 23

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District is to host an autumn hike at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Bowen Nature Preserve. All ages are invited to walk the trails to enjoy the sights and sounds of autumn. The walk is to last 1-1 1/2 hours and is to qualify for the walking stick program. • A ...

Outdoor briefs, Sept. 23

Deer season opens Saturday COLUMBUS — Archery season for white-tailed deer opens Saturday and runs through Feb. 3, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Other deer seasons this fall and winter are youth gun, Nov. 17-18; gun, Nov. 26-Dec. 2 and Dec. 15-16; and ...

There’s still time to harvest fruits (and veggies) of gardening

We’ve had rain and some of my garden plants are greening up and looking perky. This is bad timing for them, because cool nights are coming. I watch the night low temperatures on the weather forecasts and when they dip near or below 50, the tropical plants have to come in. There are a lot ...

Park programs, Sept. 16

Seneca County • Young Adventurers ages 6-12 are invited to a make a leaf creation during a program at 6 p.m. Thursday at Seneca County Park District’s Steyer Nature Preserve, 5901 N. CR 33. Kids can learn about the life cycle of leaves, then gather some to create a leaf creation. Supplies ...

Outdoor briefs, Sept. 16

Free youth clay shoot Oct. 2 Seneca County Pheasants Forever invites youths and accompanying adults to a free clay shoot 5-6 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Sandusky River Coon Hunters, 7575 S. TR 131. Shells for 12- and 20-gauge shotguns are to be provided. The shoot is open to everyone. Students ...

Ragweed frequent culprit in hay fever

Many of the streets in our part of town are intersected and backed by an intertwining maze of alleys that provide a bounty of options for my morning rambles with the brown dog. These alleyways suit both our temperaments; his nose to the ground picking out the alluring scents of urban ...

Outdoor briefs, Sept. 9

OSS appliance, scrap metal collection set for Saturday in district Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District is sponsoring an appliance and scrap metal collection 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in its three counties. District residents, includingresidents of Bellevue and Fostoria, can take old ...

Park programs, Sept. 9

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites toddlers ages 18-36 months with an adult companion to learn about squirrels during a Toddler Trot program at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Community Nature Preserve, 45 St. Lawrence Dr. During a short hike, kids can look for signs of ...

It’s a busy time with the season winding down

Janet DelTurco had a lovely visit with her sister in England, they already are planning for next year. She came back to Ohio for surgery and already is up and about and chaffing at not being allowed to pull weeds. We had a nice visit and she showed me her herb garden (neat open spaces with a ...

Park programs, Sept. 2

Seneca County • The monthly Nature Walk Bird Talk is set for 8 a.m. Saturday at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. All ages are welcome to walk the trails to see what nature has to offer. Dress appropriately for a one to 1 1/2-hour walk. Binoculars are helpful ...

Outdoor briefs, Sept. 2

OSS collecting household hazardous waste Saturday Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection Saturday for residents of its three counties, including all residents of Fostoria and Bellevue. People with last names starting with A-M ...

Slime molds: Weird, odd and singular

A starry mid-summer night in 1957. Two teenagers, Steve Andrews and Jane Martin, are parked on a quiet rural hillside outside the small town of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, not far from Valley Forge. And then. ... Tearing across the sky, a brilliant white streak, a meteor, crashes to earth no ...

Park Programs, August 19

Sandusky County • Sandusky County Park District invites all ages to get outside and play during a Creek Stomping and Getting into Nature program 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Creek Bend Farm, 654 S. Main St., Lindsey. Participants can explore Muddy Creek, have fun and get wet. Wear shoes that can ...

Outdoor Brief, August 19

Sandusky County parks have hunting passes FREMONT — Free hunting permits for Sandusky County Park District are available for the season that begins Sept. 1 and ends Feb. 28. Hunters wanting to hunt at Ringneck Ridge or White Star Park are required to obtain a park district permit in ...