Outdoors

ODOT output way up fighting Seneca’s winter weather

Nearly 4,000 tons of salt have been used by Ohio Department of Transportation personnel on state highways in Seneca County this winter. According to an ODOT release, since November, 3,710 tons of salt have been used as of Wednesday. At this time last year, only 1,608 tons of salt had been ...

Take time to stand and stare

This has been an unbelievably busy time for our family — decorating, cleaning, shopping, a deer/car collision, strep throat, another car breaking down on the morning school run, party planning and preparation and probably more if I had time to stop and think. But in the midst of all the ...

Outdoor briefs, Dec. 10

Seneca hunters get 868 deer COLUMBUS — Hunters in Seneca County checked 868 deer during Ohio’s weeklong deer-gun season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, an increase from 835 during the same week last year. Statewide, 72,814 deer were harvested, compared to 66,758 ...

Park Programs, Dec. 10

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites interested people to a Craft Creations program on Christmas card recycling at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 19 south of Bloomville. Participants should take along their old Christmas cards and scissors, and they ...

Broccoli, cabbage, kale share an ancestor

Once in a generation or two, a leader comes forward who, defying established wisdom, is willing to speak to the fears and misgivings of the average American. In my lifetime, that stalwart champion of the least common denominator was George H.W. Bush, who in 1990 voiced the now immortal words, ...

Bring the outside in for the holidays

With the decorating season in full swing it is time to think about ways to bring the outside in for the holidays. My effort started with some trimmings from the holly bush. I bought a little model of an English robin while I was in England, and wanted to fix him up for the season. He now sits ...

Outdoor Briefs, Dec. 3

Community Park Grants Program info meeting Thursday Seneca County Park District is hosting a required informational meeting Dec. 7 for town and township officials interested in applying for a grant through the Community Park Grants Program. Eligible communities can apply for a portion of ...

Park Programs, Dec. 3

Seneca County • Young Adventurers ages 6-12 are invited to a Recycled Snowmen program at 5 p.m. Thursday at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 19 south of Bloomville. Kids can use paint and old light bulbs to create a snowman for their holiday trees. Supplies ...

Pumpkins are simple as pie to grow

I don’t like pumpkin pie. Yes, I know, I should have acquired a taste for it in 1961 when I attained my American citizenship, but it didn’t happen any more than I learned to like spaghetti when I married my Italian husband in 1957. And just in the interest of full disclosure, I don’t like ...

Park programs, Nov. 19

Seneca County • Join Linda Rose and the Seneca County Park District for a Day After Thanksgiving Hike at 9 a.m. Friday at Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve. Spend a morning walking off the turkey and pumpkin pie from the day before. The walk will last about one hour and qualifies for ...

Why you should get a flu shot this year

As leaf piles on the front lawn anticipate the salted sidewalks of winter, so marquees fronting every Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS advising us of their friendly vaccination services presage the onset of yet another flu season. For most of us, getting the flu means a miserable few days to a ...

November still busy time for gardeners

November is a fairly miserable month, redeemed only for me by my birthday and Thanksgiving, but for the gardener it is a busier time than we may think. I was outside all morning today, cutting back some very overgrown Knockout roses and trimming up hydrangeas and other worn-out perennials to ...

Park Programs, Nov. 12

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion to a program at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Steyer Nature Preserve, 5901 N CR 33. Kids can learn about the seeds, pods and nuts found in the preserve, who eats and uses them and why they’re ...

Outdoor briefs, Nov. 12

Youth deer-gun season opens next weekend; general set for Nov. 27-Dec. 1, Dec. 16-17 Ohio deer-gun seasons is to open Saturday and next Sunday with youth season, which is open to hunters with youth hunting licenses and a deer permit, according to the Ohio Department of Natural ...

A look back at spring and summer

Now that we have survived the first frost of the year, a few days later than average, it is a good time to look back at the weather we enjoyed in the spring and summer. Plenty of rain but not too much, warm days but not too often in the 90s, plenty of sunshine; in fact, as perfect as weather ...

Outdoor briefs, Oct. 29

Teachers invited to archery instruction workshop Nov. 15 FINDLAY — Classroom teachers and other members of school communities interested in becoming certified National Archery in the Schools Program instructors are invited to attend a free training workshop 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 15 in Hancock ...

Park programs, Oct. 29

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District is hosting a non-scary Halloween hike at 6 p.m. Monday at Forrest Nature Preserve. Spend Halloween evening walking the trails viewing the non-scary Halloween things. The walk is to last about one hour and qualifies for the Walking Stick Program. ...

Bring some plants into your home

As we start to tidy up the herb garden, cutting back perennials and pulling out annuals, take a minute and think about bringing a few containers of herbs into the kitchen. You can pot up some plants from the garden or buy some new starts, or even grow a selection from seed. You can grow ...

Outdoor briefs, Oct. 15

Pheasants Forever, ODNR to host youth pheasant hunt Oct. 28 Seneca County Pheasants Forever and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are to host a youth pheasant hunt Oct. 28 at the Sandusky River Coon Hunters, 7575 W. TR 131. The event is open to any youth who has a valid Ohio youth ...