Outdoors

Flowers are having a good summer

Flowers are having a good summer. On our daily walks, my dogs and I look at neighbor’s yards for ideas about plants and color schemes. Right now marigolds, black-eyed susans, purple cone flower and phlox are center stage. Hydrangeas, rose-of-sharon and roses are all blooming. The roses ...

Summer gardenflourishing, but preparing for fall

For the many friends of Janet Delturco, she would love to hear from you as she recuperates from a medical issue that will prevent her from visiting her sister in August. Her address is 2395 E. CR 36, Tiffin, and her email address is janetdelturco@yahoo.com. We visited and she was worried about ...

Blue pike are really walleye

In 1983, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared extinct a once massively abundant species that many biologists now suspect had never actually existed. Back in 1967, a study published in the prestigious Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada reported that during the 44 year ...

Park Programs

Tiffin Park & Recreation A Food, Friends and Fun at Oakley Park event is planned for noon-2 p.m. Friday. The program offers warm lunches, organized games, crafts and activities at the park. Parents, grandparents or child care professionals are encouraged to participate and should stay for ...

Park district announces photo contest winners

Lyra Dicken won best of show in the 19th annual Seneca County Park District Photo Contest in the adult contest with a photo she called “Wind on ice,” and the People’s Choice Award went to Dennis Walter for “Cornfield Spiderweb.” The youth best-of-show winner was Layla Glenn with her ...

From floods to drought

We have gone from flood to drought with heat. A lot of people showed up Sunday for the Tiffin Historic Trust garden tour and I began by showing them the big cracks in my Tiffin clay soil. Our soil just dries out and cracks open. Tired of fighting that soil I went to raised beds filed with ...

Seneca County Park Programs

Seneca County Park District invites Young Adventurers ages 6-12 to a Busy Bees program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Steyer Nature Preserve, 5901 N. CR 33. Kids can learn about the importance of bees through some fun and silly activities. Children ages 6-12 can take part in an American Girl Series ...

Park Programs

Tiffin Park & Recreation A Food, Friends and Fun at Oakley Park event is planned for noon-2 p.m. Friday. The program offers warm lunches, organized games, crafts and activities at the park. Parents, grandparents or child care professionals are encouraged to participate and should stay for ...

Family Fun Day offered at Magee Marsh

FINDLAY — Families looking for outdoor fun over the Independence Day weekend are invited to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Friday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Activities will include a bird banding demonstration, fishing and archery at the ...

Early plants handling the rain while others will need replanted

Our gardens and yards are flourishing or suffering from all the rain. The areas that are clay are squishy underfoot and there’s been a moat around my garden. Still, plants that went in early are doing well. Spinach is bolting now, the leaf shape changing from roundish to arrow-shaped, but ...

Beetle species approaching 400,000

“There is a story, possibly apocryphal, of the distinguished British biologist, J.B.S. Haldane, who found himself in the company of a group of theologians. On being asked what one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation, Haldane is said to have answered, ...

Park Programs

Seneca County Join Seneca County Park District for a Summer Solstice Walk at 8 a.m. Friday at Mercy Community Nature Preserve, on the grounds of Mercy Health - Tiffin. Spend a morning walking the trail and learning about the summer solstice. The walk will last about 1 to 1 1/2 hours and ...

Research labs retiring monkeys when studies finish

WESTFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Izzle, Timon, Batman, River and Mars spent years confined inside a lab, their lives devoted to being tested for the benefit of human health. But these rhesus macaques have paid their dues and are now living in retirement — in larger enclosures that let them venture ...

Hero Academy 2

Riley Wagner of Tiffin pulls a dummy during a physical agility test as part of Tiffin Park & Recreation’s Hero Academy at Hedges-Boyer Park Thursday morning.

Little things that run the world

Generally, I’ll agree to do most anything if you ask me six months in advance. So last fall, when a lady from the Blossoms and Butterflies Club asked if I’d be willing to give a talk at their May meeting on something gardenish, I was happy to oblige. I’d think of something. The panic ...

Park Programs, June 1

Tiffin Park & Recreation • Fostoria Community Band is featured Sunday for the summer’s first Tiffin Park & Recreation Department Summer Concert Series at the East Green Amphitheater, 167 E. Market St. Music starts at 7 p.m. Other concerts in the park department series are The Late ...

Outdoor Briefs, June 1

Seneca turkey hunters take 154 birds COLUMBUS — Seneca County hunters checked 154 wild turkeys during the spring hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, a few more than 2018’s 151 total. In neighboring counties, numbers were: • ...

Outdoor Briefs

Early registration ends May 1 for FELC summer camps Early registration for summer camps at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., ends May 1. Visit www.felctiffin.org for camp and pricing details. Scholarship funds for low-income families are available on request. ...

Park Programs

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District is planning a Craft Creations program to learn flower pressing at 5 p.m. April 29 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, Bloomville. Participants can learn the art of flower pressing after gathering and identifying some woodland flowers. Project ...

An encounter with Rocky, the flying squirrel

In the mid-1970s I lived with five other guys in an old brick house owned by the Millers. The family occupied the first floor and our rents paid for separate rooms on the second floor with the use of a common kitchen and bath. We called our modest accommodations Miller Manor. The kitchen and ...