Outdoors

‘Rewilding’ goes back to Stone Age

In the 1930s, the Dutch constructed a network of dams and dikes that transformed an inlet of the North Sea into a shallow, freshwater lake. Two decades later, a massive drainage project opened up enough dry land to create a new Province, Flevoland, about a half-hour drive from Amsterdam. Its ...

Pick plants that deer don’t prefer

The deer population of the United States is estimated at 20 million! No wonder these residents present a major problem to motorists and, of course, to farmers and gardeners. The lovable animal featured in so many films and books has taken on a new persona to the gardener, and the problem ...

Outdoor briefs, May 21

Ikes to host youth rifle, archery programs Registration for a youth rifle program is to take place at 6 p.m. Monday at the Izaak Walton clubhouse, and registration for a youth archery program is to be at 6 p.m. Thursday. Both programs are open to children ages 8 and older. For details, ...

Outdoor briefs, May 21

Tiffin Park & Recreation • Tiffin’s city swimming pool is to open for the season at 1 p.m. May 29 at Hedges-Boyer Park. Pool hours are 1-7 p.m. daily. The fee for a day pass is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for youth ages 3-17, and $2 to be a spectator. Children ages 2 and younger ...

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A close-up of a tabby cat’s face.

Caterwauling and other feline feats

Fitful dreams. Probably running a low-grade fever with this dumb early May chest cold. Thump the pillow, shift position, stare at the weird shadows cast by the night-light. Hmm ... what’s that one look like? A yam? Malaysia? Trump’s comb-over? And those caterwauling tomcats outside ...

Park Programs, May 7

Tiffin Park & Recreation • Registration is under way for Tiffin Park & Recreation’s adult kickball and volleyball leagues. Kickball registration is open until Friday. Play is on Thursday nights starting May 25. Volleyball leagues include women’s, coed Wednesday, coed Thursday, ...

Izaak Walton to host photo contest for kids, teens, adults

Submissions are being accepted for a Tiffin-Seneca County Izaak Walton League of America amateur photo contest for youths, teens and adults. Categories include nature, wild animals, people enjoying nature as well as a black & white category where photos from the other three categories can ...

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
A Canada goose and goslings walk near the Sandusky River by Kiwanis Manor Wednesday afternoon. The river was below action stage of 6 feet Wednesday night.

Flood watch issued

National Weather Service is monitoring a potential for flooding through the weekend. The weather service issued a flood watch that is in effect from 8 a.m. today until 4 a.m. Saturday. According to the weather service, heavy rain was deemed possible today into Friday. Total accumulation ...

Outdoor Briefs, April 2

FELC to host Organic Gardening 201 class Friday evening Sister Rita Wienken, former director of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., is to teach Organic Gardening 201 6-8 p.m. Friday at FELC. Participants can learn simple organic gardening techniques to grow organic ...

Park Programs, April 2

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion to follow to become Busy Bees 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 bees as they walk the trails. ...

Easter lilies require miraculous timing

… Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6:28-29 KJV. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus offered the multitudes that had come to hear him speak ...

Companions for a garden

Some years ago, there was a big fad for companion planting in the garden. I think a lot of it was superstition or myth, but one example I followed just because it fit my situation. I had some very pitiful tomato plants drooping in their cages and I also had far too many overgrown and lanky ...

Park Programs, March 26

Seneca County • The monthly Nature Walk Bird Talk is at 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. The walk lasts about 1.5 hours and qualifies for the walking stick program. ...

Lyme disease has been around for ages

There be infinite numbers of tikes hanging upon the bushes in summer time that will cleave to man’s garments and creep into his breeches eating themselves in a short time into the very flesh of a man. I have seen the stockins of those that have gone through the woods covered with them. ...

Park programs

Enter trout fishing drawing by March 31 COLUMBUS — Anglers interested in trout fishing in Castalia’s Cold Creek must submit an application form and a nonrefundable $3 application fee by March 31 to be eligible for a random drawing by the Ohio Department of Natural ...

Planning the garden from scratch

Over the years, I have given suggestions and shared ideas with a number of people who were starting new vegetable gardens. While maintaining my own small and crowded spot, I often thought how wonderful it would be to start one from scratch. Now I have my wish. Moving into the new house at the ...

Park Programs, March 12

Seneca County • Young Adventurers ages 6-12 are invited to learn about holes at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Forrest Nature Preserve. Kids can walk the trails to discover and investigate holes in trees and soil. Dress to be outdoors. Registration is required. • Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an ...

Kale a recent gardening fad

Gardening is one of those avocations that embraces fads. In any given growing season, there seems to be one topic, plant or method that appears in all the journals, catalogs and programs until one feels out of fashion if he or she does not at least try it out. We have been through raised beds, ...

Outdoor briefs, March 5

Straw bale house tours set for March 12 Tours of Little Portion Green, the straw bale house behind the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., are planned 2-4 p.m. March 12. Visitors also can plan ahead to reserve a home-cooked brunch Saturday and Sunday mornings using local ...

Park Programs, March 5

Seneca County • Toddlers ages 18-36 months with an adult companion can learn about cottontails at 4:30 p.m. March 8 at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Kids can explore the trails and woods as they go looking for cottontails in the nature preserve. They should ...