Outdoors

Warming up to thoughts of flowers

The sky is gray, the wind is howling, snow flurries are falling, the temperature is way down there. What better time to start thinking about flowers? I have my vegetable seed order ready to go, and although I don’t need many flowers this year, there are always a few must-haves. The ...

Park Programs, Feb. 5

Sandusky County • Babies in the Parks ages birth to 2 years with an adult companion are invited to a Sleepy Bears program at 10 a.m. Thursday at Wilson Nature Center at Sandusky County Park District’s Creek Bend Park. Littles ones can use their senses to discover their surroundings and ...

A fresh start awaits in ’17

The beginning of a new year brings many fresh starts. Of course, there are the obligatory resolutions to be made, and I have a few related to gardening, as usual. I am sure I could look back at former columns and find more or less the same promises made and not kept, but here I go again with ...

Outdoor briefs, Jan. 8

Sendelbach new area conservation technician Allison Sendelbach has been hired at Seneca Conservation District as area conservation technician for Seneca, Wood, Sandusky and Erie counties. A Tiffin native, Sendelbach said in the announcement she grew up catching fish and frogs in ...

Park programs, Jan. 8

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion to follow animal tracks at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Kids should dress for the weather and be prepared to look and learn about animal tracks as they walk the ...

Some background on that tree in your house

In our family, the garlands, decorations and Christmas tree always came down New Year’s Day. Well, generally always. Maybe a day or two might slip by but, you know, fresh start to the new year and all that. Interesting history to the Christmas tree. Before Christianity and ...

IMAGE COURTESY OSS Taylor Gimenez

Outdoor briefs, Dec. 31

OSS announces calendar contest winners FREMONT — Taylor Gimenez of Seneca East and Rebecca Hoepf of Calvert placed first and second respectively in the high school division of the OSS Solid Waste District’s Calendar Design Contest. In middle school competition, Ethan Vera of ...

Park Programs, Dec. 31

Seneca County • Woodland puppets are the topic of a Backpackin’ Babies program at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 19 south of Bloomville. Parents, grandparents or care-givers of infants from birth to 18 months are invited to ...

Park district to post notice for director

  Seneca County Park District plans to post a public notice requesting applicants for the director job in mid-January, and the board hopes to have final candidates to interview by the first week in April. At a special meeting Wednesday, the board approved the content of the ...

What to do about snow, ice on plants, landscaping

As I sit by the window on an exceptionally cold day, the only thing growing in the garden is the line on the thermometer. And that line is growing downward. The bare trees and bushes stand strong, and the sticks and stems of perennials punctuate the flower beds. So what can we do to make ...

Outdoor briefs, Dec. 24

Meeting set for Jan. 5 to apply for OSS grant A required meeting to apply for grant money from Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 5 at the OSS office, 1875 E. State St., Fremont. OSS offers competitive grants for setting up recycling programs ...

Park district OKs job description for paid director

  Seneca County Park District’s board approved a job description during its meeting Wednesday, another step toward hiring a director. It states: “The director will serve as the chief administrative and executive officer with responsibility for upholding the Seneca ...

Manage your encroachment upon wildlife

“Just wait until the corn comes off!” This is the comment I heard many times this fall if I commented on the prevalence of local wildlife. And so it proved to be. Although I have not spotted any deer in our backyard yet, they seem to enjoy racing across CR 36, and I have had a few ...

Deer harvest up in Seneca County, down statewide

COLUMBUS — Seneca County hunters checked 835 deer last week during Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season, an increase from 779 last year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Statewide, hunters got 66,759 deer, down from 73,392 in 2015 during the same week. Numbers for ...

Park Programs, Dec. 11

Hancock County • A full cold moon hike and planetarium program is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oakwoods Nature Preserve Discovery Center. Bundle up to hit the trails for the last full moon hike of the year, and to find out what animals dare to be out on a cold, December evening. ...

BY VICKI JOHNSON

Budding artists

Ashley Woodruff (left) helps daughters Ella (middle) and Layne Woodruff paint pinecones during a program Wednesday at Seneca County Park District nature center at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, Bloomville. Painting in the foreground is Connor Laity. The program, conducted by Program Director ...

Dogs are red-green colorblind and myopic

Cocoa is all about squirrels. All about squirrels. Mind you, he’s never caught one, and I doubt the chocolate Lab would know what to do if he did. I once watched him run down a chicken at a friend’s farm, trod on the protesting bird and keep right on going. The chase is the thing and ...

Artificial or real, keep tree anchored

If your Christmas tree spends the summer under the stairs or in the garage or basement, you can skip this column and concentrate on all the other information in the Sports section. Just a few thoughts about artificial trees before I get on with the main ideas for today. Does anyone else ...

Outdoor briefs, Dec. 4

Family program at Miller Farm Thursday Seneca Conservation District is planning a free Families Connecting with Nature event 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Miller Conservation Farm, 5892 E. TR 138. Families can make Christmas crafts, enjoy refreshments and drink hot chocolate. For more ...

Park programs, Dec. 4

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion to paint pinecones at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Garlo Heritage nature Preserve. Kids should dress to get messy as they learn about shapes and types of pinecones, and then paint some for the ...