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Outdoors

November is a time for transitions

It’s been a while but as memory serves, the football somehow had a different smell to it in mid-November. Pungent, dovetailing with the burning curbside leaf piles the Dads were tending all along the street (this was suburbia in the early sixties), and a fitting counterpart to the half-frozen ...

Apples it is

Janet DelTurco once wrote a delightful column remembering the apples of her childhood. Apples it is. This is certainly the time to harvest or purchase apples and there is a huge variety. I always want to buy one of each and do taste tests. The orchards have kept up with new varieties and ...

Enjoying the bounty of fall

A friend from the Y dropped off a box of iris this week, then a friend from a library book group dropped off two bags of hostas. I didn’t move fast enough to give them strawberry plants or cone flower in return but managed to give each a handful of nasturtium seeds. I’ve been planting ...

And they called it puppy love

In 2014, researchers reported on a group of capuchin monkeys in Brazil that had adopted an infant marmoset (a much smaller monkey), which they carried about, cared for and played with for over a year. Perhaps surprisingly, this was the first confirmed record of a long-term pet-like association ...

Fishes of the Sandusky River

In Brian Zimmerman’s hands, it’s all so straightforward. “OK, people often get the greater and river redhorse suckers confused because of their similarity in size and shape, but the first thing I always look at is the tail.” Brian corralled two large fish in the metal trough he’d ...

The unpredictable plants

Wonderful news about Janet Delturco. She had been diagnosed with kidney failure and was undergoing dialysis, but one of her kidneys has recovered and she’s fine. I saw her outside the library and she looked great. It’s nice to be able to share good news. Several people have commented to ...

Gardening between summer care and fall rush

Gardens are in transit now. The frenzy of planting and caring is over, and the frenzy of preparation for winter is yet to come. The cucumbers have outdone themselves. I only planted seeds in one row of about 4 feet and have made 11 quarts and 14 pints of dill pickles — the cucumbers, dill ...

Park Programs

Seneca County A fall walk is planned for Seneca County Park District’s Backpackin’ Babies program at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Geary Family YMCA Fruth Outdoor Center. Infants up to 18 months with an adult companion can attend in a backpack, frontpack, stroller or just be carried as they explore. ...

Outdoors Briefs

OSS collecting household hazardous waste Sept. 7 Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection Sept. 7 for residents of its three counties, including all residents of Fostoria and Bellevue. People with last names starting with A-M are ...

Crabgrass, and oh so many weeds

To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat it,’ Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you ...

Park Programs

Seneca County Seneca County Park District invites all ages to take part in a canoe float at 6 p.m. Monday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, 6777 S. SR 19, Bloomville. Canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided. Registration is required. For more information or to register for programs, ...

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 ...