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Outdoors

Blue jay’s way: Animals and color

“Good morning. Baker, Baker, Brown and Gray; how may I direct your call?” With our two adult daughters long since out of the house, it’s just Deb, me, the chocolate lab and the little gray tabby cat at home now. We sound like a law firm. Cute. How about Baker, Baker, Green and Blue? ...

Park Programs, Feb. 25

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District’s monthly Nature Walk Bird Talk is set for 8 a.m. Saturday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 9 south of Bloomville. 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. ...

Fire changes everything — temporarily

The most predictable thing about my life at the moment is its unpredictability. Things have been up and down since last fall, with a  disaster this past Friday evening when we had a major fire on the property. We think it may have started in the chicken coop, where we had a heat lamp. ...

Park programs, Feb. 11

Seneca County • Young Adventurers ages 6-12 are invited to a join a bird count at 9 a.m. Saturday at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Kids should dress to be outdoors as they find a spot to watch and count birds. Bird identification books are provided. ...

Outdoor briefs, Feb. 11

Gypsy moth management open house Tuesday An open house about the state’s gypsy moth management program has been scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Seneca County Fairgrounds Junior Fair Building, 100 Hopewell Ave. The Ohio Department of Agriculture each year conducts an extensive ...

Chickens, gardens just go together

I keep my crackers in a cookie jar that proclaims, “A garden without chickens is like a film with no actors.” Just in case I forget! My garden is centered around them, and they force me to go outside at least once a day for feeding time. Otherwise, I probably would stay shut in on most ...

Tracks in snow have tales to tell

“I’m done with this crazy weather!” This from a conversation overheard a couple Saturdays ago at the post office. “Yesterday was like spring and just look at it today. I hate this cold. Hate it, hate it, hate it!” I’m standing next in line thinking, “No lie, lady. The ...

Outdoor Briefs, Jan. 28

Division of Wildlife has K-9 program The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has announced it has joined more than 20 states in a new wildlife K-9 Program in the Division of Wildlife. One wildlife officer from each of Ohio’s five wildlife districts are to become handlers in the program. ...

Man who helped launch Weather Channel dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) — John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during a six-decade broadcasting career, has died, his wife said Sunday. He was 83. Linda Coleman said her husband died Saturday night at home in Las ...

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 ...