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Local Columns

Know Before You Grow: It’s time to sample soil

It’s that time of year again, and I’m not talking about football or the changing of the seasons with cooler weather creeping in. It is soil testing time! Right now, is the best time of the year to test your soil. Take a minute to think about the following questions: How did your garden ...

A most unusual cricket

I made a startling discovery while opening the Redbud Leaffolder (Fascista cercerisella) nests that were the subject of a previous BYGL Alert. Nestled inside one of the folded leaves was a type of cricket that I’d never seen before. A notable characteristic was its extremely long antennae ...

Mat Min: Wayne National Forest

With summer upon us a hiking and/or camping excursion might be in order. Many can save the expense of tanks full of gasoline by taking advantage of the Wayne National Forest that exists in so much of Grandview Township, especially considering that the Matietta unit of Wayne encompasses 45,000 ...

Mat Minute: Wayne National Forest

With summer upon us a hiking and/or camping excursion might be in order. Many can save the expense of tanks full of gasoline by taking advantage of the Wayne National Forest that exists in so much of Grandview Township, especially considering that the Matietta unit of Wayne encompasses 45,000 ...

Matamoras Minute: Brick by brick

Out of necessity in the original wilderness of Grandview Township, the early settlers constructed log cabins as their first homes. Few had the desire to remain in such structures for the remainder of their life. The hope was that as soon as possible such crude dwellings would be replaced for ...

Snakes afoot, keep an eye out for them

I have always had a thing about snakes. As a child I had a pet snake, and they are kind of cool pets. Mine was a hognose. They have this ability to flatten their head out like a cobra when scared. I remember mine would do this when a car would drive by. I thought all snakes were friendly like ...