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Local Columns

Moving Appalachia Ohio forward

The Appalachian region of Ohio is diverse in both its landscapes and people. The 32 Ohio counties that make up Appalachian Ohio have terrain perfect for hiking and biking, beautiful waterways for boating or fishing, and even sandy beaches on our northern coast in Ashtabula. My wife Fran and I ...

Planting In Your (Hardiness) Growing Zone

What is your growing zone? Why does it even matter? Can’t I just buy whatever is at the store and stick it in the ground? These are questions you may not think about, especially if you’re a summertime/warm weather gardener. Many times we just blame our plant failures on the weather, or the ...

Fall Vegetable Gardening

By Marcus McCartney Ohio State University Extension Who we are.. “Know Before you Grow” will be a weekly article focusing on the growing world around us. Whether it is gardens, trees, houseplants, lawns, insect, etc., our team of experienced and expert authors will highlight all things ...

Take precaution, save lives

Early in the week, we learned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was sifting through data that included some red flags about the state of our emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic. The numbers were so disconcerting that officials recommended indoor masking — regardless of ...

Matamoras Minute: Park Avenue property

The final structure in Matamoras for discussion was the home in which Bertha Ardrey lived. It was situated on Park Avenue commanding a grand vista of the Long Reach of the Ohio River. Built in the late 1840s, the original owner was Daniel Dee. He built a total of three houses on this particular ...

Eating smart to stay H.I.P.

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.” — Jim Davis, humorist and cartoonist. Take a gander at any of the local farmers’ markets and roadside stands and it is obvious: summer is a time of bountiful fruits and vegetables. We here in the ...