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Dennis Hill

Some ways to get rid of the grasshoppers

We have a huge flush of young grasshoppers in our yard. What can we do to control these guys, while going easy on the ladybugs? — Chip You’re smart to start working on controlling ...


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Erin McIntyre

It’s Spring! (and that means it’s time to work)

Every spring, this happens to me. I wait all winter for some tiny smidgen of green, so desperate to garden that I re-grow onions and lettuce from the scraps leftover from salad. Then, BOOM! ...


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Gary McCallister

Guardian angel must be imbecile;
 reckless bugman lucky to be alive

I have decided my guardian angel is an imbecile. Oh, I am still alive and all that, but I don’t think the angel should get a lot of credit. Seeing me through a long series of near misses ...


David Goe

On the Goe: We need a voice breakthrough in music for a divided nation

Oh mercy me, what’s going on with our country right now? The world is tearing itself apart, and I can’t make any more sense out of it than you can.  Browsing recent ...


Steve Beauregard

Ben Affleck’s ugly family tree 
has nothing on my genealogy

Ben Affleck is embarrassed. Research has discovered that his ancestors owned slaves. This was discovered by producers working on a documentary called “Finding Your Roots,” on PBS, ...


Rick Jussel

What will Elway do in NFL Draft?

Are you ready for some football? Collisions and end zone celebrations won’t be in evidence, but boo birds and catcallers will be out in force Thursday night in Chicago as the National ...


Tammy Gemaehlich

Your Town, April 26, 2015

You change your mind, like a girl changes clothes — from “Hot N Cold,” by Katy Perry. While Perry was likely talking about a boyfriend when she wrote that song, I’m ...


Charlé Thibodeau

Consistency key in teaching your dog some manners

I recently watched an incredible video of a young girl and her Australian shepherd interacting in a manner that completely amazed me. The dog would use his human’s body as a springboard, ...


Gary McCallister

Rabbit reproduction related to musical scale? Let us count the ways

My granddaughter’s rabbits had babies. Not too surprising, considering they are rabbits. Still, it was a great event for her, as she has been studying rabbits in 4-H. A lot of people ...


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Erin McIntyre

Habits that helped in Zero Waste Challenge

It all started with a plastic bottle and ended with a metal sign that tried to kill us. In honor of Earth Day this week, I’d like to share the finale of the 2015 Zero Waste ...


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