Outdoors

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 ...

New raised beds create heavenly spot for plants

I love cutting flowers and bringing them inside. Even though we have had little rain, the resurrection lilies/naked ladies have been blooming, and there is a big vase of them on one of my tables. Other vases have zinnias and dahlias; purple cone flower and black-eyed Susans are blooming and can ...

Bagworms an unwelcome neighbor

“All right then, what’s so funny?” We were sitting across from one another at the kitchen table when Deb started to chuckle, a curious little laugh that seemed half giggle and half a wistful sigh. In her hand was a page turned in by an earnest young man from her 10th grade English ...

Park programs, August 12

Tiffin Park & Recreation • Saturday is the last day the swimming pool at Hedges-Boyer Park is to be open for the season. The annual Summer Splash concert is planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 28. Dawg Days at the pool are planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29. Seneca County • Seneca County ...

Outdoor briefs, August 12

Water quality workshop at Indian Mill Aug. 22 UPPER SANDUSKY — A stream quality monitoring workshop is planned for 4-6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Indian Mill Park, Upper Sandusky. Participants are to meet at the park and groups are welcome. Volunteers should wear old clothes and closed-toe shoes, ...

Despite lack of rain, you still must dry herbs

The rain has been spotty all summer, some areas get real rain, others (like where I live) are in drought. I am seriously watering the most water-needing plants in the garden, tomatoes and zucchini, with lighter sprinkling of the other plants such as carrots, celery, shallots and herbs. Most ...

Park programs, August 5

Tiffin Park & Recreation • The last summer PLAY Day is noon-2 p.m. Friday at Oakley Park. Planned Leisure Activities for Youth are organized games, crafts and activities in neighborhood parks. The activity starts with lunch at noon, and activities take place 1-2 p.m. Parents, ...

Outdoor briefs, August 5

Park district seeking to fill board vacancy Seneca County Park District is accepting applications for a board vacancy in 2019. Board member Jim Nordholt is to leave the board because consecutive board terms are limited. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume by Sept. 17 to ...

Bats heat up with white nose syndrome

Twenty-seven miles due east of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is the second most popular natural attraction, after Niagara Falls, in New York State. Howe Caverns is a complex of limestone caves 160-200 feet below ground that today attracts upwards of 200,000 visitors each year. ...

Outdoor briefs, July 29

Registration open for 4-part Learn to Hunt program Hunting for Food is an in-depth program designed for adults with no hunting experience. The program is to teach the basics of deer hunting during four sessions in different locations. In session one, “Why Hunt?,” attendees are to learn ...

Park programs, July 29

Seneca County • Worms are the topic of a Backpackin’ Babies program at 10 a.m. Monday at Mercy Community Nature Preserve. Parents, grandparents or caregivers of infants from birth to 18 months are invited to explore the world of fur, fin and feathers along the trails. Fingerplays, stories ...

Water is important during hot, dry spell

Janet DelTurco and I had a lovely visit last week. She is doing well, busy as always with family, gardens and community. She currently is visiting her sister in England and plans to return at the end of the month. I brought her red current muffins and cilantro, she gave me a book on ...